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The Relationship between Shape and Size of Diaspores Depends on Being Seeds or Fruits

Department of Biology, University of Évora, Ap. 94, 7000-554 Évora, Portugal
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Horticulturae 2019, 5(3), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae5030065
Received: 29 June 2019 / Revised: 31 August 2019 / Accepted: 5 September 2019 / Published: 9 September 2019
The relationship between the size and shape of diaspores was investigated in angiosperms and gymnosperms including determining if being a seed or fruit was a factor. Size was expressed as volume and shape as the departure from a perfect idealized sphere. Departure from sphericity in seeds was found to be independent from volume. Conversely, an inverse relationship was found between departure from sphericity and volume in fruits. Therefore, whether a diaspore is a seed or a fruit should be considered and included in analyses when ecological, functional or evolutionary correlates of diaspore morphology are under investigation. View Full-Text
Keywords: departure from sphericity; diaspores; fruits; seeds; volume departure from sphericity; diaspores; fruits; seeds; volume
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Dias, L.S.; Dias, A.S. The Relationship between Shape and Size of Diaspores Depends on Being Seeds or Fruits. Horticulturae 2019, 5, 65.

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