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Serotiny is an ecological adaptation of some seed plants.

In these plants, seed release occurs in response to an environmental trigger.[1] The most common and best studied trigger is fire. However, the term serotiny may refer more broadly to plants that release their seeds over a long period of time, irrespective of the trigger or whether release is spontaneous.[1] In this sense, the term is synonymous with bradyspory.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Lamont, B.; Lemaitre, D.; Cowling, R.; Enright, N. (1991). "Canopy seed storage in woody-plants". Botanical Review 57 (4): 277–317. doi:10.1007/bf02858770.