Comments on flower evolution and beetle pollination in the generaAnnona andRollinia (Annonaceae)

  title={Comments on flower evolution and beetle pollination in the generaAnnona andRollinia (Annonaceae)},
  author={Gerhard Gottsberger},
  journal={Plant Systematics and Evolution},
Dynastid scarab beetle pollination appears basic within the genusAnnona. Those species ofAnnona which are more morphologically derived, as well as allRollinia spp. possess reduced floral chambers and attract small beetles likeNitidulidae orStaphylinidae. Pollination of the primitive species ofAnnona byDynastinae would imply that the genus had not evolved before the Tertiary. The fossil record is in congruence with this hypothesis. Once again it is stressed that the cantharophilous syndrome, as… CONTINUE READING
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