, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 519–527

Germination strategies of palms: the case of Schippia concolor Burret in Belize

  • Claudio Urbano B. Pinheiro


A review on seed germination and early seedling development in the palms (Palmae) is presented and variation in the germination process of palm seeds discussed. The three major types of palm seed germination are reviewed, and a new, undescribed mechanism of germination found inSchippia concolor Burret in Belize is described. Possible reasons for this variant pattern are considered, and the ecological and evolutionary significance of different germination types and their variants is discussed.

Key words

palms germination Schippia Belize 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Urbano B. Pinheiro
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  1. 1.Departamento de Oceanografia e LimnologiaUniversidade Federal do Maranhão-UFMASão LuísBrazil

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