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1 April 2009 Size-Dependent Sex Allocation in a Monoecious Species Sagittaria pygmaea (Alismataceae)
Fan Liu, Jin-Ming Chen, Qing-Feng Wang
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Sagittaria species have been reported to display remarkable variation in gender expression. Here, we investigated gender variation in Sagittaria pygmaea, the smallest sized monoecious species in the genus. We used the midvein length as an indicator of plant size and production of male and female flowers as an indicator of gender variation in a single inflorescence. We counted the total number of inflorescences to assess the effect of inflorescence variation on the gender variation pattern. Our results showed that variation in inflorescence number did not affect gender variation. Male flower production increased with increasing plant size, but female flower production did not. Plants of S. pygmaea might enhance their paternal reproductive success by increasing the number of male flowers with increasing plant size.

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Fan Liu, Jin-Ming Chen, and Qing-Feng Wang "Size-Dependent Sex Allocation in a Monoecious Species Sagittaria pygmaea (Alismataceae)," Annales Botanici Fennici 46(2), 95-100, (1 April 2009).
Received: 20 January 2008; Accepted: 1 March 2008; Published: 1 April 2009
Sagittaria pygmaea
size-dependent sex allocation
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