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Revista Brasileira de Plantas Medicinais

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MAIA-ALMEIDA, C.I et al. Germinative behavior of Pothomorphe umbellata (L.) Miq. seeds of different colors. Rev. bras. plantas med. [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.1, pp.116-120. ISSN 1516-0572.

Pothomorphe umbellata (Piperaceae) is a medicinal species native to Brazil, which has been used in the cosmetic industry and in products that protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays. To generate information applied to the species propagation, the present work related the coloration and the mass of P. umbellata seeds to their germinative behavior. The coloration and the mass of seeds of P. umbellata were characteristic appropriate to evaluate physiologic homogeneity, vigor, potential and germinative behavior. Thus, although of slow germination, seeds of black and denser coloration should be chosen during collection or selective process.

Keywords : pariparoba; tegument coloration; seed mass; Atlantic Forest; medicinal plants.

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