Seed Study - Seed Collection

The year that we collected seed for this study was unfortunately part of a prolonged drought. Collection was difficult because some species from which we wanted to collect seed did not grow at all, were hard to find, or did not produce seed. Another problem was heavy predation by insects and wildlife. These facts should be kept in mind when using the data below.

After we collected seed, we cleaned it to the point necessary for hand broadcast seeding. We then weighed the bulk amount of each species that we had. To translate this into number of seeds, we took five small subsamples from each species. For each subsample, we weighed the bulk amount, and then separated out the ripe, filled, undamaged seed. We counted these good seeds to give us an idea of the number of seeds per unit mass of material that we would hand broadcast in our experimental plots. For some species we also weighed these clean seeds for information on individual seed mass.

To access information on an individual species, go to the species table.

Definitions/explanations of each of the terms used in the species seed collection information are below.

Average number of good seeds per gram bulk matter: Average number of seeds per gram of bulk matter, as measured in five subsamples. Number in parentheses following average is standard deviation.

Average number of good seeds per gram cleaned: Average number of seeds per gram of pure seed, separated from chaff, stems, leaves, etc., from five subsamples. Note that this is not necessarily PLS (pure live seed), as we do not have information on seed viability for many species. Number in parentheses following average is standard deviation.

Commercial estimates of seeds per gram: Values come from a variety of sources, including Natural Resource Conservation Service technical guides, commercial catalogs, and National Park Service native species propagation documents. Keep in mind that these values are for very clean seed compared to what we were measuring (e.g., awns from needle grasses removed).

Percent seed: pure seed mass/bulk seed mass X 100%, where pure seed mass is the weight (in grams) of the good seed, free of chaff, stems, etc. from a subsample, and bulk seed mass is the weight (in grams) of the seed matter cleaned to the state of planting by hand broadcast seeding (usually includes chaff, some small leaves, etc.).

Percent live: percent of seed that was viable, as measured by South Dakota State University Seed Laboratory.

Collection dates: Dates that we collected seed at Wind Cave National Park, southwestern South Dakota, foothills of the Black Hills, in 2004. Many species matured late this year because of a late spurt of moisture after dry conditions early in the summer.

Collection effort: A very rough estimation of how much time it took to collect the given mass of bulk seed for a species. Estimates are rough because we often were collecting many species at the same time.

"n.m." means not measured; "n.a." means not available

Achillea millefolium – common yarrow

Amorpha canescens – leadplant

Andropogon gerardii – big bluestem

Anemone cylindrica – candle anemone, thimbleweed

Aristida purpurea – red three awn

Artemisia frigida – fringed sagewort

Artemisia ludoviciana – white sage, man sage

Asclepias speciosa – showy milkweed

Bouteloua curtipendula - sideoats grama

Bouteloua gracilis – blue grama

Bouteloua hirsuta – hairy grama

Brickellia eupatorioides – false boneset

Calylophus serrulatus – yellow evening primrose

Cirsium undulatum – wavyleaf thistle

Dalea purpurea – purple prairie clover

Dyssodia papposa – fetid marigold

Echinacea angustifolia – purple coneflower

Elymus elymoides – squirreltail bottlebrush

Erysimum asperum – western wallflower

Gaura coccinea – scarlet gaura

Glycyrrhiza lepidota – wild licorice

Grindelia squarrosa – curlycup gumweed

Gutierrezia sarothrae – broom snakeweed

Helianthus annuus – common sunflower

Hesperostipa comata – needle and thread

Heterotheca villosa – hairy false golden aster

Ipomoea leptophylla – bush morningglory

Koeleria macrantha – prairie junegrass

Liatris punctata – dotted gayfeather

Lithospermum incisum – narrowleaf gromwell

Monarda fistulosa – bee balm, horse mint

Nassella viridula – green needlegrass

Oligoneuron rigidum – stiff goldenrod

Onosmodium molle – false gromwell

Pascopyrum smithii – western wheatgrass

Penstemon grandiflorus – large beardtongue

Plantago patagonica – wooly plantain

Psoralidium tenuiflorum – slimflower scurfpea

Ratibida columnifera – prairie coneflower

Rosa arkansana – prairie wild rose

Schizachyrium scoparium – little bluestem

Solidago missouriensis – prairie goldenrod

Solidago nemoralis – gray goldenrod

Sporobolus cryptandrus – sand dropseed

Symphoricarpos occidentalis – western snowberry

Symphyotrichum ericoides – heath aster

Verbena bracteata – prostrate vervain

Verbena stricta – hoary vervain

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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