Saint or sinner sowing wild seeds?
ez052136 at peseta.ucdavis.edu
Tue Feb 28 13:29:16 EST 1995
Say, do you really like Rush Limbaug? Just wondering. Your thinking
processes seem to run along the same lines.
Ok, think about it. The seeds dispersed in the wild have a very tough
time successfully germinating and making it to maturity. That is exactly
why the mother plant needs to produce as many seeds as she can. Each
seed increases the chance of at least one plant -- thus the germ line of
that particular type of plant -- surviving. If a plant disperses 100
seeds naturally and there is only a 20% chance that any particular seed
will survive to maturity, then someone takes 15 seeds from that plant....
the chances of any seeds reaching maturity goes drastically down. This
may not be a problem for plants that are hugely abundant in an area --
but if a plant is endangered or rare in that particular area you may be
contributing to wiping out that plant or -- worse yet -- there may be
animals that depend upon that plant for their food source or the insects
that use that plant as a food source. It is far more complicated than
just the individual plant. There are whole ecosystems going on. If the
plant ends up dissappearing from an area, are you going to stand up and
offer the plants that you have cultivated in your yard as a replacement?
Are you sure that you know all the plants that are endangered or rare to
Laws really aren't made just to annoy us. People do put thought behind
them. If you want to learn more about it read up on some ecology. Maybe
you will decide that an ecosystem is more important than a pretty garden
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