Phebalium daviesii seed (ii)
Seeds of Phebalium daviesii (Rutaceae) a rare Tasmanian endemic . Phebalium species exhibit physiological dormancy and can prove very challenging to germinate.

Although some plants shed seeds that germinate readily, more often than not wild plants shed seed which exhibit some form of dormancy. Why this might be a desirable trait is discussed here.

Studies have revealed that seed dormancy is achieved in various ways. But how do we go about getting dormant seeds to germinate?

Physically dormant seed tends to be easy to identified and addressed. In the following pages we’ll focus on a number of the ways of dealing with physiologically dormant seed, but also look at common techniques to tackle physical dormancy.

You might also like to look at our page on germinating seeds for the first time.