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Mopane diaspores are not dispersed by epizoochory

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The mode of dispersal of the diaspores of Colophospermum mopane has always been ascribed to epizoochory due the slightly sticky nature of mopane diaspores. The stickiness results from the plentiful supply of resinous compounds in developing structures on a mopane plant. Epizoochory as the mode of dispersal for both seeds which had the pod removed and diaspores of C. mopane is disproved, and experimentation shows the most likely agents of dispersal of mopane diaspores to be water and wind.
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Keywords: diaspore; dispersal; epizoochory; mopane

Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, Republic of South Africa

Publication date: December 1, 1997

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