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Seed Study - Symphyotrichum ericoides

Symphyotrichum ericoides (Aster ericoides) - White Heath Aster

Symphyotrichum ericoides (Aster ericoides) - White Heath Aster

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Species: Symphyotrichum ericoides (Aster ericoides)
Common name: white heath aster

Seedling identification: Cotyledons are rounded and often have a purple tint. Primary leaves are ovate, hairy (with longer hairs on the margins) and dark green in color.

 

Symphyotrichum ericoides – heath aster
Average number of good seeds per gram bulk matter: 559
Average number of good seeds per gram cleaned: 3324
Commercial estimates of seeds per gram: n.a.
Percent seed: n.m.
Percent live: 69
Collection dates: November 8 and 22.
Collection effort: 40 grams in 3 person hours
Collection notes: Relatively easy to collect fair amounts once plants are found.
Cleaning notes: Bulk seed measurement was as it comes off of the plant, often with bracts and involucres. Clean seed was hard seed with fluff.

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