Pollination systems of Colchicum (Colchicaceae) in southern Africa: evidence for rodent pollination.

@article{Kleizen2008PollinationSO,
  title={Pollination systems of Colchicum (Colchicaceae) in southern Africa: evidence for rodent pollination.},
  author={Ciara Kleizen and Jeremy J. Midgley and Steven D. Johnson},
  journal={Annals of botany},
  year={2008},
  volume={102 5},
  pages={
          747-55
        }
}
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Plants adapted for pollination by rodents tend to exhibit a distinct floral syndrome that includes dull coloured and geoflorous inflorescences and nocturnal anthesis and nectar production. On the basis of their floral traits, it was predicted that two African Colchicum species (C. scabromarginatum and C. coloratum) are rodent-pollinated. METHODS Field studies were carried out in the semi-arid Succulent Karoo region of South Africa. Live trapping of rodents was conducted… CONTINUE READING

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