Propagule size, dispersal ability, and seedling performance in Asclepias syriaca

@article{Morse2004PropaguleSD,
  title={Propagule size, dispersal ability, and seedling performance in Asclepias syriaca},
  author={Douglass H. Morse and Johanna Schmitt},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={67},
  pages={372-379}
}
SummaryUsing the propagules of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca L.) we tested the predictions that decreasing size may increase dispersal ability, but also decrease the probability of seedling success, of wind-dispersed seeds. In 1982 and 1983 we released seeds from four milkweed clones at two heights in an open field and measured their dispersal distances. In the laboratory we measured falling times in a dead air space, seed mass and area, and coma mass and length of the same seeds. The… 
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