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Tropical drift fruits and seeds on coasts in the British Isles and western Europe: I. Irish beaches
Nelson, E.C. (1978). Tropical drift fruits and seeds on coasts in the British Isles and western Europe: I. Irish beaches. Watsonia J. Bot. Soc. Br. Isles 12: 103-112
In: Watsonia: Journal of the Botanical Society of the British Isles. Botanical Society of the British Isles: London. ISSN 0043-1532, more
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  • Nelson, E.C.

Abstract
    Seeds and fruits of tropical American plants capable of floating in sea-water for over one year can drift in the surface currents of the North Atlantic Ocean to the coasts of western Europe. Eight species of such disseminules ('drift seeds') washed ashore on Irish beaches are described. Several other seeds, not of American origin, also collected from Irish beaches are noted. The western and northern coasts of Ireland are the most likely to receive tropical drift; the surface currents in the vicinity of Ireland seem to deflect drift from the southern and eastern coasts.

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