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Southern African grasses with foliage that revives after dehydration

D. F. Gaff, R. P. Ellis
Bothalia | Vol 11, No 3 | a1476 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v11i3.1476 | © 1974 D. F. Gaff, R. P. Ellis | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 November 1974 | Published: 04 December 1974

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D. F. Gaff, Botany Department, Monash University, Australia
R. P. Ellis, Botanical Research Institute. Department of Agricultural Technical Services, South Africa

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A brief survey in Southern Africa revealed 11 grass species and a number of sedges with foliage that recovers from air-drying (equivalent to equilibrium with air at 20-40 % relative humidity at 28° C.). The desiccation tolerance limits were extremely low being equivalent to approximately 0-5  % relative humidity. Some species may have a potential use in agriculture.


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