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Dispersal of Tropical Seeds by Ocean Currents

Naturevolume 191pages408409 (1961) | Download Citation



DURING the winter of 1956 and the following summer, farmers living near the Ninety Mile Beach on the west coast of North Auckland (latitude 34–35° S.) noticed that numbers of unknown fruits and seeds, recognized as of tropical origin, were being washed ashore. Specimens were forwarded to the Botany Division, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, by Mr. H. G. Halliwell, instructor in agriculture, Kaitaia, for identification.

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  1. 1

    Ridley, H. N., The Dispersal of Plants throughout the World (L. Reeve and Co., 1930).

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    The Christchurch Star-Sun, 12 (April 2, 1957).

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  1. Botany Division, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Private Bag, Christchurch, New Zealand

    • R. MASON


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