Explaining legume success in tropical dry forests based on seed germination niches: A new hypothesis

G. German Vargas, Leland K. Werden, Jennifer S. Powers

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Abstract

To test a new hypothesis explaining Fabaceae success in tropical dry forests, we compared seed germination of 34 species including legumes and non-legumes. Legume seeds germinated twice as fast with higher final percentages compared to other taxa, which may afford them a competitive advantage in highly seasonal environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-280
Number of pages4
JournalBiotropica
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

Keywords

  • Costa Rica
  • Fabaceae
  • Germination rate
  • Plant traits
  • Seed germination
  • Tropical dry forest

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