Sunbird surprise for syndromes

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNature
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 1998

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    Ollerton, J. (1998). Sunbird surprise for syndromes. In Nature (pp. 726-727). (Nature; Vol. 394).