A compendium of vivipary in the Cactaceae: new reports, data, and research prospects

By J. Hugo-Cota-Sánchez.

Brazilian Journal of Botany volume 45pages 1001–1027 (2022)

An article reviewing all the current research into this interesting phenomenon in some cacti. Vivpary is “live birth”, normally more usually applied to animals. For example, a viviparous lizard is one which does not lay eggs like other lizard species, but gives birth to live young. To date there are 77 taxa that show this characteristic. In plants, it usually means when the seeds start to develop (grow) before they have detached from the parent plant.


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