Seed Dispersal and the Holocene Migration of Woodland Herbs

  title={Seed Dispersal and the Holocene Migration of Woodland Herbs},
  author={M. L. Cain and Hans Damman and A C Muir},
The distribution of many woodland herbs extends 1000–2000 km in a north– south direction, yet the majority of these species grow clonally, have little recruitment by seed, and possess no obvious mechanism for long-distance seed dispersal. Although aware that woodland herbs disperse poorly, ecologists have tacitly assumed that, given long periods of time, even small dispersal distances would allow woodland herbs to colonize the vast geographic region they now occupy. We examined this assumption… CONTINUE READING
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