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.
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This species has Orthodox seeds - dry to 15-20% eRH and store at -20ºC, or as cool as possible.
Germinate on agar, germination paper or sand at 25 or 30ºC.
The seeds of this species do not seem to display dormancy.
The fruit is a follicarium, containing a reniformally-shaped seed protected by a seed coat. The seed is covered with minute, rounded bumps and has a very short raphe and a small hilum. The seed configuration is campylotropous, derived from the anatropous condition.
Accepted name: Myrothamnus flabellifolia Welw.
Synonyms: Myrothamnus flabellifolius subsp. robusta Weim., Cliffortia flabellifolia Sond.
References and Links
- 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: Myrothamnus flabellifolia.
- SID (Seed Information Database) - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK: Myrothamnus flabellifolia.
- Tropicos - Missouri Botanical Garden, USA: Myrothamnus flabellifolia.