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Maintenance of gynodioecy in Wurmbea biglandulosa (Colchicaceae): gender differences in seed production and progeny success

Ramsey, Mark; Vaughton, Glenda


In gynodioecious species, females contribute genes to future generations only through ovules, and to persist in populations they must have a compensatory advantage compared with hermaphrodites that reproduce via ovules and pollen. This compensation can result from greater fecundity and/or superior success of progeny from females. We examined differences in seed production and progeny success between females and hermaphrodites in the geophyte Wurmbea biglandulosa to explain the maintenance of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Plant Systematics and Evolution
DOI: 10.1007/s006060200042


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