Value of the mucilaginous pellicle to seeds of the sand-stabilizing desert woody shrub Artemisia sphaerocephala (Asteraceae)

@article{Huang2004ValueOT,
  title={Value of the mucilaginous pellicle to seeds of the sand-stabilizing desert woody shrub Artemisia sphaerocephala (Asteraceae)},
  author={Z. Huang and Y. Gutterman and D. Osborne},
  journal={Trees},
  year={2004},
  volume={18},
  pages={669-676}
}
  • Z. Huang, Y. Gutterman, D. Osborne
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Trees
  • Seeds (achenes) of certain desert species (Artemisia) deposit considerable amounts of fixed carbon into an external polysaccharide pellicle that has a high capacity for holding water and can be hydrated and dehydrated many times. One function is considered to be the adhesion of the seed to sand particles during dew which protects from predation by ants. We have questioned whether the germinating embryo could utilize this pellicle as a nutrient source in the poor desert soil. Embryo extracts… CONTINUE READING
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