Temperature Regulation by the Inflorescence of Philodendron

@article{Nagy1972TemperatureRB,
  title={Temperature Regulation by the Inflorescence of Philodendron},
  author={K. A. Nagy and D. Odell and R. Seymour},
  journal={Science},
  year={1972},
  volume={178},
  pages={1195 - 1197}
}
  • K. A. Nagy, D. Odell, R. Seymour
  • Published 1972
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • The inflorescence of Philodendron selloum temporarily maintains a core temperature of 38� to 46�C, despite air temperatures ranging from 4� to 39�C, by means of a variable metabolic rate. The heat is produced primarily by small, sterile male flowers that are capable of consuming oxygen at rates approaching those of flying hummingbirds and sphinx moths. 
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