Inhibition of germination in privet.
Germination in Ligustrum lucidum and L. sinense seeds stored for 2 months at room temp. was inhibited unless the seed was excised from the fruit. Germination commenced on day 5 and was completed after 42 and 47 days in L. lucidum and L. sinense, resp. The rate of germination was slowed in L. lucidum by the presence of horny endocarp, with complete germination (88.5%) occurring by day 75. The low water potential of fresh fruit juices of -3000 J/kg is the probable cause of inhibition of germination in the fresh fruit.