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Tyagi A.P., 2003. Location and interseasonal variation in flowering, propagule setting and propagule size in mangroves species of the family Rhizophoraceae. Wetlands Ecology and Management 11: 167–174, 2003.
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Tyagi, A. P.
2003
Location and interseasonal variation in flowering, propagule setting and propagule size in mangroves species of the family Rhizophoraceae
Wetlands Ecology and Management
11: 167-174
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Three species of mangroves, Rhizophora stylosa, Rhizophora mangle (synonym R. samoensis) and Bruguiera gymnorhiza in the family Rhizophoraceae were studied to understand the flowering pattern, propagule development and the propagule size at maturity prior to dispersal from the mother plant. The study was conducted in the Wet and the Dry zones over two seasons in Viti Levu, the Main Island of Fiji. The flower number, number of propagules and propagule size at maturity were significantly different among three species and within species in the Dry and theWet zones. Only 1–2% of total flowers in each species became mature propagules. This percentage was significantly lower in the Dry zone for all three species. Rhizophora stylosa produced the biggest size of propagules followed by Rhizophora mangle and Bruguiera gymnorhiza. Relatively longer and heavier propagules were recorded in the Wet zone and shorter and lighter in the Dry zone. Inter-seasonal differences were not significant for these characters. This could be mainly due to almost similar amount of rainfall, relative humidity and temperature regimes over two seasons within each zone.
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