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any species reproduce only asexually?

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Tue Aug 6 10:46:31 EST 2002

There are many genera of grasses in which sexual reproduction occurs
only one generation in many.  The rest of the time, the plants
reproduce via apomixis, in which some cell other than the product of
gametes matures into an embryo.  This is also common in citrus,
hawthorns, and blackberries.  Many aquatic plants reproduce almost
exclusively vegetatively, through fragmentation or budding.  Many
stands of trees or shrubs are all vegetative clones, produced via root
suckers, rhizomes, or stolons.  Many plants seem to be able to take
sex or leave it.

M. Reed

Tristan wrote:
> Hello,
> I have been debating with a friend about whether or not any plants reproduce
> only asexually, or whether all plants have some mechanism of sexual
> reproduction.  Our research has unveiled many forms of asexual reproduction,
> but there is usually an implication that the same plants also reproduce
> sexually.  Are there any species anyone knows of that reproduce only
> asexually?
> Thanks

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