Male-biased nectar production in a protandrous herb matches predictions of sexual selection theory in plants.

@article{Carlson2007MalebiasedNP,
  title={Male-biased nectar production in a protandrous herb matches predictions of sexual selection theory in plants.},
  author={Jane E. Carlson},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2007},
  volume={94 4},
  pages={674-82}
}
Nectar production may disproportionately benefit male relative to female pollination success. In such cases, sexual selection is often suggested as the cause of asymmetric benefits, yet sexual selection in plants-particularly plants with hermaphroditic flowers-is infrequently tested empirically. Here, I used a protandrous herb with male-biased nectar production (Chrysothemis friedrichsthaliana, Gesneriaceae) to test predictions from sexual selection theory. During three flowering seasons, I… CONTINUE READING
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