Home Forum topic Exceptional Species Curation Dirca seed storage

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    James LocklearCPC Conservation Officer

    Has anyone worked with storage of Dirca spp. seed?  We’re not sure if or how the fleshy fruit (endocarp) should be removed.

    Meg EngelhardtCPC Conservation Officer

    I collected some Dirca palustris in spring 2017 and did remove the endocarp for storage. We let the fruits dry a bit then squeezed the seed out by hand. Our greenhouse staff was successful in growing some out afterwards so I don’t think I damaged them. You can see photos before and after here: https://livingcollections.org/mobot/Accession/814351?tab=images

    James LocklearCPC Conservation Officer

    Hi Meg.  Thanks for your reply.  Actually, I posted this during the platform beta-testing session during the CPC meeting and wasn’t really expecting a response!  We have been working to create a seed bank for Dirca decipiens, a G1 species, so your experience is very helpful.  I enjoyed visiting with you at the CPC meeting and hope you don’t mind if I pester you with questions about seed banking equipment and facilities.  Thanks again!  Jim

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