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Suspended Germination of Seeds

Nature volume 74, page 586 (11 October 1906) | Download Citation



THE letter of “H. B. P.” in NATURE of September 27 (p. 540), while giving an interesting instance of the sudden appearance of the foxglove on a bare hill in the north country, does not appear to be conclusive as to the seedlings having developed from long-buried seeds. They might have originated equally well, it appears to me, from wind-blown seeds being conveyed to a recently disturbed soil, where they had an opportunity of germinating, and where they were not subject to the competition of other and stronger species. On the extensive shingle deposit near Dungeness, in Kent, one of the earliest species to appear on the newly deposited shingle is the foxglove. The first is usually the oat-grass Arrhenatherum avenaceum, and the third is often the wood-sage Teucrium Scorodonia; the seeds of all these must have come from some considerable distance, and it is not suggested that the plants arose from long-buried seeds.

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