Seed Study - Liatris punctata
Species: Liatris punctata
Seedling identification: Small dark cotyledon leaves. The first true leaf that emerges from between the cotyledons is long and narrow, with a pronounced light colored midvein, has sparse hair on the margin and gray hair on the underside
Liatris punctata – dotted gayfeather
Average number of good seeds per gram bulk matter: 96
Average number of good seeds per gram cleaned: 188
Commercial estimates of seeds per gram: 300
Percent seed: 37
Percent live: 58
Collection dates: September 7, 20, 22, 23, 25 and 28
Collection effort: 54 grams in 10 person hours
Collection notes: Easy to collect.
Cleaning notes: Bulk measurement was off the stalks but had lots of bracts and fluff. Clean measurement was hard seed only.
Did You Know?
Lewis and Clark, while on their journey up the Missouri River in 1804, noted that this "wild dog of the prairie...appears here in infinite numbers." More...