INVESTIGATION OF LEWISIA TWEEDYI SEED ANATOMY AND SEEDCOAT-IMPOSED DORMANCY

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  • 1 Dept. of Plant Science, The Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. V6T IZ4, Canada

Lewisia tweedyi (A. Gray) Robinson is an endangered, herbaceous perennial native to the Cascade Mountains of northern Washington state and southern British Columbia. It is highly valued as an ornamental, but has a reputation for being challenging to grow and is only cultivated by alpine specialists. The better known Lewisia species, L. cotyledon, is a minor commercial crop in some areas of Europe and western North America. Lewisias are members of the Centrospermae; a linear peripheral embryo surrounds centrally located perisperm. Lewisia tweedyi seed is distinct from all other lewisias in having a fleshy appendage, or caruncle. Germination practices include stratification for an unspecified period in a garden cold frame. In addition to a long germination period, percent germination is characteristically low. A number of tests, including sowing under axenic conditions, and combinations of prechill periods and liquid N scarification were conducted. Seedcoat-imposed dormancy and germination requirements have been determined.

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