Mesua ferrea L. was evaluated for its germination, seedling growth and biomass across four seed size classes. The production of two- and three-seeded fruits was high. The viability of the seeds was 58-81%. Germination was positively correlated with seed weight. Heavier seeds showed early and rapid germination. The contribution of leaves to total biomass yield was 27-60 % in 1-month old seedlings. Carbon content was also related with plant length and weight in the seedlings. The study concludes that the variations in seed size have a substantial influence on growth and biomass accumulation in Mesua ferrea. Such variation also helps in the physiology and regeneration of the tree species.
ARUNACHALAM, A.; KHAN, M. L.; and SINGH, N. D. (2003) "Germination, Growth and Biomass Accumulation as Influenced by Seed Size in Mesua ferrea L.," Turkish Journal of Botany: Vol. 27: No. 5, Article 1. Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/botany/vol27/iss5/1