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A note on Drosera seed dispersal

Jason Ksepka

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 48(3):137
Published 31 July 2019

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During my explorations last summer of the Pinelands of southern New Jersey, I went to one of my favorite places. Unfortunately, this site is also a favorite place for off-road vehicles. The Forked River Mountains, and the adjacent powerline and railroad right-of-way, have been very severely damaged by illegal off-road vehicle use. In recent years, a number of volunteers organized, developed a plan, purchased and planted local white cedar trees in an effort to stabilize the soil and begin restoration of the site.

I noticed that Drosera rotundifolia and D. intermedia seemed to have segregated themselves to slightly different spaces in the same area (Fig. 1). The nature of the site allows for fluctuations in surface water level, the results of which can be seen in differences where the plants grew. Differences in seed morphology might possibly be the cause of the observed segregation.

Keywords: Drosera rotundifolia, intermedia; seed, dispersal, New Jersey

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Jason Ksepka. 2019. A note on Drosera seed dispersal. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 48(3):137.

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