Why are the seeds of this species difficult? The seeds have uncertain storage behaviour, but seem to be sensitive to desiccation.
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The seeds of this species have Uncertain storage behaviour, though it is probable that they are intermediate or recalcitrant.
Some researchers have found that seeds are sensitive to desiccation; others have shown that viability can be maintained for 3 months in moist storage at 21°C.
The seeds of this species do not display dormancy.
The dehiscent fruit is pear-shaped and fleshy, with a leathery skin. The shiny, black seeds have a cream-coloured aril, which is waxy in texture.
At maturity, the fruit turns from green to red/yellow and splits lengthwise to expose the seeds.
Accepted name: Blighia sapida K.D.Koenig
Common name: ake
References and Links
- Baskin, C.C. and Baskin J.M. (1998). Seeds: ecology, biogeography, and evolution of dormancy and germination. Academic Press, USA.
- Janick, J. and Paull, R.E. (eds) (2008). The Encyclopedia of Fruit and Nuts. CAB International, UK.
- AFPD (African Flowering Plants Database) - Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève, Switzerland, and South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, RSA: Blighia sapida.
- PROTAbase (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) - Wageningen, Netherlands: Blighia sapida.
- SID (Seed Information Database) - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK: Blighia sapida.
- Tropicos - Missouri Botanical Garden, USA: Blighia sapida.