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Pioneer plants

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One example of a pioneer plant is Verbascum thapsus, great mullein or common mullein.

Often pioneer plants are seen as weeds by people. Prone to disrupt the farmer, the yields and its harvest. The gardener employs various methods to take them out.

But actually they are pioneer plants. When the soil is damaged, ex. by tilling, the ecosystem has to renew itself. To recover from the damage these and other plants start appearing. They are faster and endure usually harsher conditions than the ones that come afterwards.

The great mullein germinates almost solely in bare soil, at relatively high temperatures, between 10 and 40 °C.
In natural conditions, in the wild, the seeds germinate only when exposed to sunlight and it grows best in bare soil, which explains its natural habitat.

The seeds can lie dormant for several decades and each plant can have hundreds of thousands of seeds.

Pioneer plants can open up the soil, so water can reach deeper and the soil then is able to have more diverse plants.


Picture: Great mullein, By Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6129092

Permaculture podcast: with Oliver Goshey (at 12m23s)

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

This is very good article. And nice writing.

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5 months ago

Hmm.. are they mostly imited to what's considered as weeds though? Can some other plant species be counted as pioneer plants as long as they fulfill the qualities you stated there?

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5 months ago

About your first question I'm not sure. But probably, because they would be using resources into fast growth or other things to have a competitive advantage in places with few other species and animals, and not using resources into nurturing big fruits or seeds, that might need more stable climates and conditions or into complex relationships with other animals or plants; that would imply more populated ecosystems.
There are other plants that can be thought as pioneers. : )

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5 months ago

Just curious because i was thinking about cacti species and the fact that they can proliferate in harsh environments but can still nourish the soil they grow in, in a way but then when i read your reply to the question i thought otherwise since they still need a bit of nutrients when they're in their blooming season

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5 months ago

The point I was trying to make (and it should be clear in the second link, the podcast) is that pioneer species and/or weeds would nourish the soil regardless how people would think of them, just maybe not in the direction the farmer wants.

Still answering the first question of your other comment there are certainly exceptions to what i was saying. Hemp, a variety of cannabis sativa could be an example of that. Probably regarded as a weed by many (so its other name.. weed), but used mainly in the age of the sailing ships for ropes and sails, and clothing.

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5 months ago

I definitely need to check out that link later so I'll be saving this XD it's still a fascinating topic you did here though since most non beneficial plants are often regarded as something to be removed but in a way it has its own benefits. But I'm surprised hemp is counted as a pioneering plant

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5 months ago

Nice

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Nice

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5 months ago

they are also know as the heroes which help other species find the place to measure.great information friend and good morning

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5 months ago

The pioneer species are hardy species which are the first to colonize barren environments or previously biodiverse steady-state ecosystems that have been disrupted, such as by fire. Some lichens grow on rocks without soil, so may be among the first of life forms, and break down the rocks into soil for plants.

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5 months ago

But why are they actually referred to as pioneer plants?

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They are the first to appear, in a certain region. After fires for example.
Jason111's comment can answer your question well.

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The pioneer species are hardy species which are the first to colonize barren environments or previously biodiverse steady-state ecosystems that have been disrupted, such as by fire. Some lichens grow on rocks without soil, so may be among the first of life forms, and break down the rocks into soil for plants

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Nice

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