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Observations on seed propagation of 5 Mississippi wetland species


Viability of seeds under short-term storage and subsequent seedling growth on moist or saturated growing medium varied among 5 Mississippi wetland species. Woolgrass (Scirpus cyperinus L. Kunth [Cyperaceae]) and softstem bulrush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (K.C. Gmel.) Palla [Cyperaceae]) retained seed viability best under dry or moist storage conditions; seeds germinated best on saturated growing medium but seedlings grew better on nonsaturated medium. Powdery thalia (Thalia dealbata
Fraser ex Roscoe [Marantaceae]) was similar to these species, but seeds germinated better on nonsaturated medium. Two Sagittaria species, longbeak arrowhead (Sagittaria australis (J.G. Sm.) Small [Alismataceae]) and bulltongue (Sagittaria lancifolia L.), retained seed viability better under moist conditions or immersed in water; seed germination and seedling growth was better on saturated growing medium.

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Spring 2001 Pages: 67-68

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  • Janet M Grabowski


germination, seed storage, Scirpus, Schoenoplectus, Thalia, Sagittaria, woolgrass, bulrush, arrowhead, bulltongue

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