Ecological and evolutionary differences between Mediterranean seeders and resprouters
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
2000 IAVS - the International Association of Vegetation Science
Journal of Vegetation Science
Volume 11, Issue 2, pages 265–268, April 2000
How to Cite
Verdú, M. (2000), Ecological and evolutionary differences between Mediterranean seeders and resprouters. Journal of Vegetation Science, 11: 265–268. doi: 10.2307/3236806
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Received 1 March 1999; Revision received 6 August 1999; Accepted 17 September 1999. Coordinating Editor: D.E. Goldberg.
- Mediterranean shrubland;
- Seedling growth
Abstract. Differences in allocation patterns between seeders and resprouters in several Mediterranean plant communities (Australia, California and South Africa) have led to the prediction that seedlings of seeders grow faster than those of resprouters. In the Mediterranean Basin, it has also been hypothesized that regeneration strategy of plants after fire is associated with several other life history traits. This paper tests both hypotheses for the dominant plants in the Mediterranean Basin from literature data. Results show that seeders from the Mediterranean Basin grow significantly faster and allocate more biomass to leaf plus paracotyledons than resprouters. Seeders are mainly non-sclerophyllous, anemochorous, dry-fruited, small-seeded species that evolved in the Quaternary (post-Pliocene) and are associated with earlier successional stages. Resprouters are mainly sclero-phyllous, vertebrate-dispersed, fleshy-fruited, large-seeded species that evolved in the Tertiary (pre-Pliocene) and are associated with late successional stages.