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Devall, Margaret [1].

A Lindera melissifolia seed viability study at the Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi.

Pondberry (Lindera melissifolia) is an endangered shrub that grows in seasonally flooded wetlands, and on the edges of sinks and ponds. Approximately 54 populations are known in Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The species has been affected by habitat destruction and alteration, especially timber cutting, clearing of land, and local drainage or flooding of wetlands. Pondberry is a rhizomatous, clonal shrub that grows to a maximum of 2 meters in height. It is a dioecious species with small yellow flowers that bloom in spring. Seed production is erratic, and as in many other clonal species, few seedlings occur even when seed production is high. The objective of this study was to investigate the outcome of pondberry seeds buried 2.5 cm or 5 cm deep to learn how long seeds remain viable in a seed bank. Because few pondberry seedlings are found in the wild, it is helpful to know more about a pondberry seed bank and about the germination of planted seeds, and this knowledge will be important to the conservation and recovery of pondberry.

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Endangered Species

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 14, Ecology Section - Reproductive Biology
Location: 106/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM
Number: 14005
Abstract ID:593
Candidate for Awards:None

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