Seed germination and seedling survival in the California Buckeye (Aesculus californica)

The purpose of this paper is to describe some of the factors which influence seed germination and seedling survival or the California Buckeye and to relate these factors to the distribution pattern. Benseler (1969) found that-most seed and seedling mortality was caused by desiccation and fungus damage. Evidence from the present study indicates that other factors may be at least as important to both seedling survival and tree distribution.