In contrast to reports in the literature that seeds of Dodonaea viscosa from China and Pakistan are non-dormant, or nearly so, we found that a high percentage of seeds of this species collected in north-western India have a water-impermeable seed coat at maturity, i.e. physical dormancy. Thus, seeds that were mechanically scarified and boiled (to open a ‘water gap’ in the seed coat) germinated to much higher percentages (84% and 77%, respectively) than did those that were non-scarified (24%). Our results agree with studies of seed dormancy in this species in various other parts of its large geographical range.
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