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The pea and the coconut: seed size in safe sites

, : The pea and the coconut: seed size in safe sites. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 11(1): 1-2

Seed size varies by 10 orders of magnitude in the global flora (from orchid seeds of <1 micro g to double coconuts of >10 kg). Other things being equal, larger seeds will produce fitter seedlings, but fewer large seeds can be produced from a fixed quantity of resources. Some of the models examining the factors determining optimal seed size are discussed, and these take into account the evolutionary trade-off between offspring size and number.


PMID: 21237738

DOI: 10.1016/0169-5347(96)81052-4

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