, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 255–257

Male reproductive effort and breeding system in an hermaphroditic plant


  • Daniel J. Schoen
    • Department of BotanyUniversity of California

DOI: 10.1007/BF00545673

Cite this article as:
Schoen, D.J. Oecologia (1982) 53: 255. doi:10.1007/BF00545673


Male reproductive effort was estimated from flower, seed and fruit biomass data in populations of the self-compatible plant Gilia achilleifolia that differ in genetically estimated selfing rate. Male reproductive effort decreases with increased rate of selfing, a finding that is consistent with theoretical arguments pertaining to the allocation of resources to male and female reproductive functions in hermaphroditic organisms.

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