Germination and reproductive capacity of the medicinal shrub,Â Gaultheria fragrantissimaÂ Wallich in Nilgiris, the Western Ghats, India
Germination and reproductive capacities of the four ecological variants of the medicinal shrub, Gaultheria fragrantissima in four sholas of Nilgiris including Ebbenadu, Honnathalai, Kodappamand and Kothagiri terrace were studied. The seed output was higher (21168-47628), and varied between variants and sholas. The germination percentage and survivability rate were considerably lower in all the four variants and varied much across the sholas. The reproductive and aggressive capacities of all the four variants were appreciable and varied considerably between the variants and sholas. The allocation of biomass to reproductive parts (seeds) and reproductive efficiency were also found to be lower in all the four ecological variants.
Keywords: Gaultheria fragrantissima, germination percentage, biomass allocation, Nilgiris, sholas
Citation: *, ( 2007), Germination and reproductive capacity of the medicinal shrub,Â Gaultheria fragrantissimaÂ Wallich in Nilgiris, the Western Ghats, India. Scientific Transactions in Environment and Technovation Journal(STET), 1(2): 74-76
Received: 2015-06-18 14:22:29; Accepted: 2015-06-18 14:22:44;