Variation in seed size of a southwestern riparian tree, Arizona walnut (Juglans major)

Juliet Stromberg, D. T. Patten

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    Abstract

    Seed and nut size of Arizona walnut have high variance among years, attributable to differences in spring rain, with large viable seeds produced only in years with above-average rain. Trees in drier habitats (riparian terraces) produce larger seeds on average than those on stream-banks. In drought years on terraces, seed weight is lowest on large trees that produce many female flowers. Seed weight declines significantly with tree age and size in terrace habitats. Between-habitat differences may reflect evolutionary processes that have selected for larger but fewer seeds in drier habitats, while competition between seeds may be a proximate cause of variance in seed weight among years and within habitats. -from Authors

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)269-277
    Number of pages9
    JournalAmerican Midland Naturalist
    Volume124
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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