Germination of Jedda multicaulis Clarkson,J.r. (Thymelaeaceae). An Example of Cryptogeal Germination in the Australian Flora
Australian Journal of Botany
35(6) 715 - 720
The germination of Jedda multicaulis is figured and described. It provides the first record of cryptogeal germination for a member of the family Thymelaeaceae and demonstrates the habit for the first time in a woody dicotyledonous member of the Australian flora. Anatomical studies show the burying of the plumule is the result of a modification of the cotyledonary petioles. The germination pattern is considered to be primarily an adaptation to fire. It also provides a mode of recovery following grazing or trampling.
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