Generative reproduction efficiency and the population age structure of Rumex confertus Willd

Tomasz Stosik
2012 Acta Agrobotanica  
<i>Rumex confertus</i> is one of the alien species vigorously entering native meadow as well as ruderal communities in major river valleys. In about a hundred years the species invaded almost the whole territory of Poland. Many reports stating that Russian Dock may reach high coverage in various phytocoenoses contradict those of its low generative reproduction efficiency. In communities where it most frequently occurs, germination is hindered by the lack of empty spaces. In such conditions the
more » ... opulation size remains stable due to vegetative reproduction. Only hay-growing meadows seem to promote the influx of new genets into population, which is likely associated with vegetation cover removal and periodic reduction of competition from other species.
doi:10.5586/aa.2006.064 fatcat:4gnbchveijcd7k3nmfpwnax6ke