Seed dynamics in Calluna- Arctostaphylos heath in north-eastern Scotland

A. U. Mallik, R. J. Hobbs, C. J. Legg

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Seed production and dispersal by individual species followed the abundance of the species in each stand, though the performance of some species declined as the Calluna canopy closed. Little seed input occurred from surrounding areas into closed or recently burned stands. Amount of seed stored in the soil varied according to stand age. Seeds of Calluna vulgaris and Carex pilulifera increased in abundance with stand age. Stored seed of most other species decreased in numbers though in some there was a slight increase in the degenerate Calluna phase. The number of seedlings establishing after fire was far fewer than would be expected from the soil seed store, and is correlated with the type of substrate left by the fire. Seed budgets are estimated for a 15 yr fire rotation for the major species studied.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-871
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Ecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


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