Author

Shane H Huff

Advisor

Harkess, Richard L.

Committee Member

Baldwin, Brian S.

Committee Member

Bachman, Gary R.

Committee Member

Blythe, Eugene K.

Date of Degree

1-1-2012

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Agriculture

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Abstract

Seven plants native to the moist habitats of the pine savannas, woodlands, and Hillside Bog natural area at the Crosby Arboretum, Picayune, MS, were evaluated under laboratory and nursery conditions to determine seed germination percentage, optimal germination temperature, and the effect of substrates on germination. These native plants include: titi (Cyrilla racemiflora L.), buckwheat tree (Cliftonia monophylla Britt.), flameflower (Macranthera flammea (Bartr.) Pennell), deertongue (Carphephorus odoratissimus (Gmel.) Herb. var. odoratissimus), pink coreopsis (Coreopsis nudata Nutt.), tall ironweed (Vernonia angustifolia Michx.), and swamp bay (Persea palustris (Raf.) Sarg.). Laboratory experimentation concluded with germination and determination of optimal temperature regimes. Tall ironweed had the highest rate of success in the nursery. Black Kow compost had suboptimal performance compared to Sunshine Mix 1 and pine bark / sand under nursery conditions. Several of the species tested had minimal germination and require further research to optimize germination and nursery growth.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/19296

Comments

native plant species||seed germination

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