The pollination of zygogynum (winteraceae) by a moth, sabatinca (micropterigidae): an ancient association?

@article{Thien1985ThePO,
  title={The pollination of zygogynum (winteraceae) by a moth, sabatinca (micropterigidae): an ancient association?},
  author={Leonard B. Thien and Patricia Bernhardt and Graham W. Gibbs and Olle Pellmyr and Gunnar Bergstr{\"o}m and Ingrid Groth and Greg Mcpherson},
  journal={Science},
  year={1985},
  volume={227 4686},
  pages={540-3}
}
The primitive and vesselless angiosperm Zygogynum (Winteraceae), which is restricted to New Caledonia, is pollinated by a moth, Sabatinca (Micropterigidae). Fossil records of both the moth and the plant families extend to the Early Cretaceous. Adult Sabatinca have grinding mandibles and usually feed on the spores of ferns and on pollen. The insects use the flowers as mating sites and eat the pollen which is immersed in a dense pollenkitt. This mode of pollination in which flowers serve as… CONTINUE READING

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