On the function of flowers

  title={On the function of flowers},
  author={G. Bell},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences},
  pages={223 - 265}
  • G. Bell
  • Published 1985
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences
  • Most flowers are bisexual in function, but counting secondary allocation to attractive structures such as the corolla as equally male and female leads to the paradoxical conclusion that plants bearing perfect flowers invariably allocate much more to female than to male function. A method of calculating the gender of secondary floral allocation is described, and it is speculated that this allocation is predominantly male. Observations and experiments with natural populations of herbs, designed… CONTINUE READING
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