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Avian Dispersal of Plants in Panama

Author:
Olson, Storrs L., Blum, Kurt E.
Source:
Ecology 1968 v.49 no.3 pp. 565-566
ISSN:
0012-9658
Subject:
Cecropia peltata, birds, digestive tract, fruits, germination, planting, seeds, viability, Panama
Abstract:
Seeds of various species of plants taken from birds collected in Panama were planted and observed for germination. Viable seeds were found in all parts of the bird digestive tract. Especially preferred by birds were the fruits of Cecropia peltata L. The seeds of this important plant exhibited outstanding viability after having passed through the alimentary canal.
Agid:
5184900