Why are the seeds of this species difficult? The seeds present no inherent problems in storage or germination. However, if they have not been properly dried and stored under optimal conditions, storage life and viability will be reduced.
Leptadenia pyrotechnica (Image: S. Wood, RBG Kew)
This species most probably has Orthodox seeds (based on other species in the same genus and other members of the same family) - dry to 15-20% eRH and store at -20ºC, or as cool as possible.
Germinate on agar, germination paper or sand at 25 or 35ºC.
The seeds of this species do not display dormancy (inferred from available information on germination and of characteristics of seeds in this family).
(Image: S. Wood, RBG Kew)
Accepted name: Leptadenia pyrotechnica (Forssk.) Decne.
Synonyms: Leptadenia spartium Wight & Arn., Leptadenia jacquemontiana Decne., Leptadenia gracilis Decne., Cynanchum pyrotechnicum Forssk., Microloma pyrotechnicum (Forssk.) Spreng., Sarcostemma pyrotechnicum (Forssk.) Schult.
References and Links
- Baskin, C.C. and Baskin J.M. (1998). Seeds: ecology, biogeography, and evolution of dormancy and germination. Academic Press, USA.
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (1994). Genebank Standards. FAO/IPGRI, Rome, Italy.
- AFPD (African Flowering Plants Database) - Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève, Switzerland, and South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, RSA: Leptadenia pyrotechnica.
- SID (Seed Information Database) - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK: Leptadenia pyrotechnica.
- Tropicos - Missouri Botanical Garden, USA: Leptadenia pyrotechnica.