Above-ground emergence in the desert tulip Tulipa systola Stapf. in the Negev Desert of Israel

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Abstract

The number of plants appearing above ground during winter fluctuates from year to year. Between 10-70% of adult plants and between 40-80% of juveniles do not emerge in permanent quadrats in any year. Most reappear the following year. There is a significant positive correlation between the proportion of emergents in T. systola populations and the local amount of rainfall until 1 February. Early shoot development was independent of root development, but full root development was necessary for extension of the shoot to emerge above the soil. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-712
Number of pages8
JournalFunctional Ecology
Volume5
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991

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