William W Cole

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Birds may hover over or perch on flowers when feeding on nectar, and this assists cross-pollination if they then visit other plants. Here we investigate the curious sterile inflorescence axis of the South African Cape endemic 'rat's tail' plant (Babiana ringens, Iridaceae), whose function--unlike in other bird-pollinated plants--is exclusively to provide a(More)
In sexually polymorphic species, reproductive morphology governs mating patterns and the character of negative frequency-dependent selection. If local environmental conditions cause sexual morphs to differ between populations, then frequency-dependent selection should create corresponding geographic variation in morph frequencies. We investigate this(More)
Mating patterns and natural selection play important roles in determining whether genetic polymorphisms are maintained or lost. Here, we document an atypical population of Lapeirousia anceps (Iridaceae) with a bimodal distribution of floral-tube length and investigate the reproductive mechanisms associated with this pattern of variation. Flowers were(More)
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