Cape botanists uncover the secret behind a floral love story

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Cape botanists uncover the secret behind a floral love story

Botanists have long been puzzled by what has created the remarkable diversity of the Cape floral kingdom

Cape Town bureau chief

To the many and varied wonders of the Cape floral kingdom, add a new marvel: plants that pass on bacteria to their seeds.

The discovery may help to explain extraordinary feats of germination by plants in the Oxalis genus, say botanists at Stellenbosch University, who have published their findings in the journal BMC Plant Biology (https://bmcplantbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12870-019-2049-7).

Oxalis is the largest genus among the Cape’s geophytes – perennial plants with underground food storage organs such as bulbs or tubers...

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