Pollination: Rotting smell of dead-horse arum florets

  title={Pollination: Rotting smell of dead-horse arum florets},
  author={M. Stensmyr and I. Urru and I. Collu and M. Celander and B. Hansson and Anna-Maria Angioy},
  • M. Stensmyr, I. Urru, +3 authors Anna-Maria Angioy
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Deceit by resource mimicry has evolved as a pollination strategy in several plant species and is particularly elaborate in a plant known as dead-horse arum (Helicodiceros muscivorus; Araceae: Aroideae), which may fool flies into pollinating it by emitting a smell like a dead animal — an important oviposition resource for these insects. Here we confirm that the composition of volatiles from these flowers and from a rotting carcass is strikingly similar and show that the pollinators respond in… CONTINUE READING
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