This paper explores invasive species Ficaria verna (Lesser celandine) and the effects of temperature on its growth. Trials were completed with two treatments, 13OC cold temperature and 20OC ambient temperature. Germinated bulbils of Lesser celandine were planted on February 15, 2017 and placed in their respective growing chambers. The plants were watered weekly and monitored for growth until harvest on March 29, 2017. Upon harvest, the plants’ height, largest leaf diameter and biomass were measured after extraction from soil and the removal of the leftover soil debris. Average height was found to be 11.66cm for the cold treatment and 5.14cm for the ambient; average leaf diameter was 2.80cm for cold and 2.54 for ambient; average biomass 1.03g and 0.65g, respectively. Statistical analysis of two-tailed t-test yielded p values of 0.0000111 for height, 0.323 for leaf diameter, and 0.047 for biomass. These values indicate that the cold 13OC temperature versus the ambient temperature did have a significant effect on the growth of Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) for height and biomass.
"Investigating the Effects of Temperature on Lesser Celandine."
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