pseudotaxus chienii

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  1. Greyspruce

    Greyspruce Member

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    Hi all

    Anyone here know why pseudotaxus produces white berrys
    I know true yews produce red berrys so that they show up
    for birds the seed as far as I know is bird dispersed.Are the
    berrys of pseudotaxus also bird dispersed?And Austrotaxus
    in New Caledonia?
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I doubt that anyone has ever done any research into colour adaptations in fruit. Quite a few Asian trees and shrubs (e.g. some rowans) and a few European species (e.g. mistletoe) have white fruit, so there must presumably be some adaptive advantage in it, but finding out what won't be easy. In conifers, Phyllocladus also has white 'fruit'.
     

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