2.5 Fire-stimulated flowering
Among fire-resistant grasses, lilies and orchids, fire often stimulates flowering. The result is higher seed production (with fewer seed predators around to eat them) and more seedlings, with a fine open seedbed in which to grow. This strategy is especially common in the Fynbos of South Africa with spectacular post-fire displays in some species; for example, fire lily (Cyrtanthus ventricosus) flowering is stimulated by smoke (Figure 14).
As you have seen, plants have a plethora of fire-adaptive morphological traits that allow them to persist after fire and many are dependent on fire for their persistence in a community.
The next section looks at how fire generates habitat complexity and at a landscape scale, may maintain biodiversity by generating a patchwork of different kinds of habitat suitable for a wide variety of both plant and animal species.