Fruit and seed heteromorphism in the cold desert annual ephemeral Diptychocarpus strictus (Brassicaceae) and possible adaptive significance.

@article{Lu2010FruitAS,
  title={Fruit and seed heteromorphism in the cold desert annual ephemeral Diptychocarpus strictus (Brassicaceae) and possible adaptive significance.},
  author={Juanjuan Lu and Dunyan Tan and Jerry M. Baskin and C C Baskin},
  journal={Annals of botany},
  year={2010},
  volume={105 6},
  pages={999-1014}
}
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Diptychocarpus strictus is an annual ephemeral in the cold desert of northwest China that produces heteromorphic fruits and seeds. The primary aims of this study were to characterize the morphology and anatomy of fruits and seeds of this species and compare the role of fruit and seed heteromorphism in dispersal and germination. METHODS Shape, size, mass and dispersal of siliques and seeds and the thickness of the mucilage layer on seeds were measured, and the anatomy of… CONTINUE READING
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