Seed Dispersal Agents for Selected Mexican Cycads
Presented by: Jeff Chemnick, Research Associate,
Ganna Walska Lotusland Santa Barbara, CA
Seed dispersal agents of the world’s cycads are poorly known. Animal interactions with cycad seeds are likely responsible at least in part for the current distribution of cycad populations. Long distance seed dispersal and subsequent speciation of closely related forms among extant cycads is probably the result of avian interactions.
A theoretical framework is discussed and anecdotal observations are presented to begin to develop a profile for dispersal agents of Mexican cycads.
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