What kind of seed dormancy might palms have?

Jerry M. Baskin, Carol C. Baskin

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Palm diaspores are reported to have various kinds of dormancy. However, (1) the embryo is underdeveloped; (2) the endocarp is water permeable; and (3) the diaspores take a long time to germinate. Thus, we conclude that the diaspores of the majority of palm species have morphophysiological dormancy (MPD). The ones that do not have MPD are morphologically dormant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalSeed Science Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Arecaceae
  • embryonic axis (inside cotyledonary petiole)
  • endocarp germination pore ('eye')
  • haustorium (cotyledonary blade)
  • hypogeal germination
  • morphological dormancy
  • morphophysiological dormancy
  • operculum
  • underdeveloped embryo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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