, Volume 83, Issue 2, pp 288–290

Dispersal and predation in alien Acacia

  • P. M. Holmes
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/BF00317768

Cite this article as:
Holmes, P.M. Oecologia (1990) 83: 288. doi:10.1007/BF00317768


I investigated seed removal in the litter layer of alien Acacia stands at bimonthly intervals throughout one year. Both ants (dispersers) and rodents (predators) removed significant quantities of seeds and may compete for seeds in low density Acacia stands. Seed removal from depots was greatest prior to seed-fall (Sept.–Nov.) and lowest during seed-fall (Jan.–Mar.). As rodents may consume a large proportion of the annual seed production at low Acacia densities, I propose that ants have played a critical role in accumulating Acacia seed banks.

Key words

Ants Myrmecochory Rodents Acacia cyclops Acacia saligna 

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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. M. Holmes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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