Germination biology and occurrence of pol-yembryony in two forms of cats claw creeper vine, Dolichandra unguis-cati (Bignonia-ceae): implications for its invasiveness and management

Buru, Joshua Comrade, Dhileepan, Kunjithapatham, Osunkoya, Olusegun O., & Scharaschkin, Tanya (2016) Germination biology and occurrence of pol-yembryony in two forms of cats claw creeper vine, Dolichandra unguis-cati (Bignonia-ceae): implications for its invasiveness and management. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 7(3), pp. 657-670.

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Cat’s claw creeper, Dolichandra unguis-cati (L.) Lohmann (syn. Macfadyena unguis-cati (L.) Gentry) is a major environmental weed in Australia. Two forms (‘long’ and ‘short’ pod) of the weed occur in Australia. This investigation aimed to evaluate and compare germination behavior and occurrence of polyembryony in the two forms of the weed. Seeds were germinated in growth chambers set to 10/20 °C, 15/25 °C, 20/30 °C, 30/45 °C and 25 °C. Germination and polyembryony were monitored over a period of 12 weeks. For all the treatments in this study, seeds from the short pod form exhibited significantly higher germination rates and higher occurrence of polyembryony than those from the long pod form. Seeds from the long pod form did not germinate at the lowest temperature of 10/20 °C; in contrast, those of the short pod form germinated under this condition, albeit at a lower rate. Results from this study could explain why the short pod form of D. unguis-cati is the more widely distributed form in Australia, while the long pod form is confined to a few localities. The results have implication in predicting future ranges of both forms of the invasive D. unguis-cati, as well as inform management decisions for control of the weed.

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ID Code: 95422
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Macfadyena unguis-cati, plant sexual reproduction, plant invasion, propagule pressure, seed ecology, woody vine
DOI: 10.4236/ajps.2016.73058
ISSN: 2158-2750
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY).
Deposited On: 08 May 2016 23:59
Last Modified: 13 May 2016 17:52

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