Folia Geobotanica

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 333–344 | Cite as

Mating systems in two species ofPotentilla from Alaska

  • Bente Eriksen
Apomixis and Taxonomy Proceedings of the Symposium held in Pruhonice, Czech Republic 1995; edited by A.J. Richards, J. Kirschner, J. Stepanek & K. Marhold


Aspects of reproductive ecology have been studied in two species ofPotentilla (Rosaceae) from interior Alaska. Data were collected to determine mating system traits such as seed: ovule and pollen: ovule ratios, and experiments were carried out in the field in order to study the effect of caging, emasculation, and manual self-pollination on seed set and seed quality. Mating system strategies differ between the two species in the populations examined. High pollen: ovule ratio, high seed: ovule ratio, good autodeposition ability, and unpredictable pollination in concert with self-incompatibility indicate thatP. hookeriana in the population studied has adopted a more or less pseudogamous mating system. In contrast, the data suggest thatP. uniflora in the studied population is approaching a sexual, facultatively outbreeding species. Because both species exhibit ploidy variation, a trait common among agamospermous plants, it is concluded that both species are likely to be facultatively agamospermous but that sexual reproduction is much more important in the population ofP. uniflora than it is inP. hookeriana.


Apomixis Pollen: ovule ratio Reproductive ecology Rosaceae Seed: ovule ratio 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bente Eriksen
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  1. 1.University of Alaska MuseumFairbanksU.S.A.

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