J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2008, Vol. 50 ›› Issue (12): 1563-1569.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2008.00731.x

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Simple Traits among Diaspore Weight/Number, Plant Height and Ability of Vegetative Propagation

Božena Será   

Abstract: Several expected correlations among followed internal plant traits were confirmed using the dataset of 492 herbaceous species from the temporal zone of Central Europe. Average diaspore weight (seed mass), reproductive capacity of population (number of produced diaspores), species height, and ability of lateral spread were the plant traits considered. The evident correlations were confirmed among all investigated traits: (i) The reproductive capacity of population negatively correlated with diaspore weight, plant height, and vegetative propagation. The diaspore weight and their number are closely correlated and co-adapted. (ii) Bigger plant species produce bigger diaspores. These trends are obvious at the inter- and intra-family levels. (iii) Larger plant species showed higher ability to vegetative propagation.

Key words: comparison, lateral spread, reproduction, seed production, seed weight, strategy, trade-off

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