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Darlingtonia pollination studies in 2006

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The seed that is produced readily germinates. There is little available habitat--most of it is already colonized by Darlingtonia. But occasionally a spot opens up, and seedlings can try to invade. But unfortunately, the vast, vast majority of seed perish. I imagine that every now and then hydrology changes occur and perhaps the seep's boundaries or extents might change. In such cases, stoloniferous reproduction by the Darlingtonia would be unable to follow the habitat fast enough. In such dynamic situations, the seed would be crucial for the plants to colonize the new habitats.

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Revised: October 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005