Floral organogenesis and the developmental basis for pollinator deception in the asiatic dayflower, Commelina communis (Commelinaceae).

@article{Hardy2009FloralOA,
  title={Floral organogenesis and the developmental basis for pollinator deception in the asiatic dayflower, Commelina communis (Commelinaceae).},
  author={Christopher R. Hardy and Lindsey L. Sloat and Robert B. Faden},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2009},
  volume={96 7},
  pages={1236-44}
}
The upper half of flowers in Commelina communis deceptively lures potential pollinators with its showy petals and staminodes on the false promise of abundant pollen. This paper presents evidence that staminodization in the upper half is associated with a severe retardation of the entire upper floral hemisphere early in development. Possible consequences of this developmental retardation are seen also in the gynoecium, where the upper carpel of the three-carpellate ovary is underdeveloped and… CONTINUE READING