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Breaking dormancy of two endemic Lilium species: Lilium bosniacum (G. Beck) Beck ex Fritsch and Lilium martagon L. var. cattaniae Vis.

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Lilium bosniacum (Beck) Beck ex Fritsch and Lilium martagon L. var. cattaniae Vis. are species endemic to the Balkan Peninsula. Seeds of Lilium species generally have deep dormancy. The effect of three dormancy breaking treatments on the germination of seeds of these two Lilium species was studied. Removing of seed coats and cutting seeds allowed germination, showing that dormancy of L. bosniacum and L. martagon var. cattaniae was induced by the presence of the testa. However there was difference in germination between the two species as not all seeds of L. bosniacum germinated. Our results provide a simple rapid seed germination protocol that is of great importance for the conservation procedure of these rare and endangered plant species.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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