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flowering peaks

Monique Reed monique at bio.tamu.edu
Wed Jun 9 08:56:19 EST 1999

I can answer for Central Texas.  There are definite peaks in flowering.
We have one big, glorious rush of spring-flowering plants in March and
April.  There is another, smaller "boom" about October when we pick up
the fall-flowering species.  There is a small hump in late May and early
June when the early-summer things get going.  Another "hump" in the
calendar occurs in late Dec.-Jan.-early Feb. when the winter annuals
flower.  July, August, September, late November, and December are (by
comparison) rather barren.

M. Reed

Kathleen Archer wrote:
> Colleagues,
> The question about peak flowering seasons is really interesting to me.  You
> can get into all the other reasons plants might flower at one time vs.
> another (availability of pollinators, etc), but there is a very simple
> question here that someone, somewhere, probably knows.  That is, for a
> given location, are the number of species in flower uniform over time, or
> are there peak times at which more species are flowering than other times.
> Anyone know?
> Kathleen Archer

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