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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America$
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Frank Gilliam

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199837656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199837656.001.0001

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Mating Systems and Floral Biology of the Herb Layer

Mating Systems and Floral Biology of the Herb Layer

A Survey of Two Communities and the State of Our Knowledge

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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America

Carol Goodwillie

Claudia L. Jolls

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a survey of the reproductive and floral characteristics of understory flora at two sites—Harvard Forest, Massachusetts, and Crabtree Creek, North Carolina—as well as comparative data from other studies. For some traits in the analysis, such as flower shape, color, and size, a comprehensive characterization of the forb communities at the two study sites was provided. Yet, for many important aspects of the reproductive biology of the understory, such as outcrossing rate and pollination biology, the analysis was constrained by the small, and perhaps biased, sample of species for which information is available.

Keywords:   herb layer, woodlands, Harvard Forest, Crabtree Creek, reproductive strategies, herb species, forest herb layer, understory flora

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