Dormancy overcoming, temperatures and substrates on germination of Mimosa tenuiflora Willd seeds

Clarisse Pereira Benedito, Maria Clarete Cardoso Ribeiro, Salvador Barros Torres, Isaías Porfírio Guimarães, Kássya Jemina Borges de Oliveira


Mimosa tenuiflora Willd., popularly known as jurema-preta, is an arboreal species of great importance for the brazilian Northeast due to its uses as a medicinal plant and in the restoration of degraded soils. No information is available in the Rules for Seed Analysis and the Instructions for Seed Analysis of Forest Species regarding ideal conditions for of this species. Thus, this study aimed at evaluating the influence of pre-germination treatments, in addition to verifying the germination performance at different temperatures and in different substrates. In both experiments, four replicates of 25 seeds were used for each treatment. In experiment I, seeds were submitted to the following methods for overcoming dormancy: witness - Intact seeds (T1) immersion in water at 100 °C for 1 (T2), 2 (T3), 3 (T4), 4 (T5), 5 (T6) and 6 min (T7), immersion in concentrated sulfuric acid for 1 (T8), 4 (T9), 7 (T10), 10 (T11) and 13 min (T12), scarification on sandpaper n° 80 (T13) and lopping in the region opposite the micropyle (T14). In experiment II, seed germination was evaluated in four types of substrates: between sand, paper on, paper roll and between vermiculite and at six different temperatures: 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 °C and alternating between 20 and 30 °C. Immersion in hot water for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 min, sulfuric acid treatment for 10 and 13 min, sand paper and lopping were the most appropriate treatments to overcome seed dormancy. The seed germination of M. Tenuiflora should be carried out at 25 °C on paper roll substrate.


Jurema-preta; Seed germination; Caatinga; Seed analysis.

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Semina: Ciênc. Agrár.
Londrina - PR
E-ISSN 1679-0359
DOI: 10.5433 / 1679-0359
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