A study by A. Pauw (Nature (London) (1998) 394 731-732) indicating that Microloma sagittatum is pollinated by the lesser double-collared sunbird (Nectarinia chalybea) is considered with regard to its implications for pollination syndromes (suites of flower characteristics that supposedly attract particular pollinators). While bird-pollinated plants usually dispense powdery pollen, M. sagittatum has compact accretions of pollen that mechanically attach to the pollinator(pollinaria), along with a short floral tube, small entrance holes, which might be expected to rule out a bird pollinator.
|Title of host publication||Nature|
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Aug 1998|