Define Epigeal and Hypogeal GERMINATION

Eugene Zielinski
Mon, 04 Jan 2010 18:36:46 PST
Like Jim McK, I also began to wonder if the terms epigeal and hypogeal
(germination) were developed by people who worked with corn and beans --
seeds that are intentionally planted below the surface of the soil.  I know
I was familiar with these terms before I knew much about lily seeds.
I decided to remove the growing medium from the definition, and here is
what I come up with.
epigeal germination - cotyledon(s) frees itself from the seed coat and is
usually capable of photsynthesis.
hypogeal germination - cotyledon(s) remains within the seed coat and may or
may not be capable of photosynthesis
Just some more food for thought.
(And now, why am I hungry for succotash?)

Eugene Zielinski
Augusta, GA

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