Further observations on ecology of Blandfordia cunninghamii : flowering responses to rainfall and fire, and juvenile growth rates

  • A population of 700 Blandfordia cunninghamii Lindl. (family Blandfordiaceae) plants in the Blue Mountains, 100 km west of Sydney, New South Wales was monitored over a period of seven years, during which a part of the population area was burnt in a Hazard Reduction Burn (HRB). The survey measured flowering of Blandfordia cunninghamii in both the burnt and unburnt areas. In part of the unburnt area flowering (in December) was strongly correlated with previous September rainfall, but in another unburnt area there was no flowering at all over the seven years. An enhanced flowering response after fire was found in the burnt area and the diminution of this enhanced response in subsequent years was found to be logarithmic (taking into account potential rainfall effects). No recruitment of juvenile plants after fire was observed. 87% of seeds of Blandfordia cunninghamii were found to be germinable. Slow juvenile growth of Blandfordia cunninghamii in the field was measured over seven years. Seed was collected for two major seedbanks, the NSW Plantbank at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan and the Millennium Seedbank at Kew in the United Kingdom.

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Author:David Coleby
Parent Title (English):Cunninghamia : a journal of plant ecology for eastern Australia
Document Type:Article
Date of first Publication:2014/05/27
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2014/06/18
Tag:Blandfordia cunninghamii; Blue Mountains; Hazard Reduction Burn
Page Number:7
First Page:55
Last Page:61
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 58 Pflanzen (Botanik) / 580 Pflanzen (Botanik)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia / Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia, Volume 14 (2014)