Fire survival of Cape Proteaceae-influence of fire season and seed predators

  title={Fire survival of Cape Proteaceae-influence of fire season and seed predators},
  author={William J Bond},
Many Cape Proteaceae store seed reserves in closed cones on the plant and rely entirely on these reserves for episodic recruitment after fires. Population size is sensitive to intervals between fires but also to fire season. Populations can be nearly eliminated by successive winter or spring fires. Three hypotheses explaining seasonal variation in recruitment were tested: (a) seeds germinate immediately after fire but seedlings die from summer drought; (b) seeds remain dormant over summer but… CONTINUE READING
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