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Rodent pollination in southern African Protea spp.

Nature volume 276, pages 7173 (02 November 1978) | Download Citation

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THE pollination of some Australian Proteaceae by rodent-like marsupials was suggested about 40 years ago1. This subject has been studied little and until quite recently current summaries of pollination biology gave little attention to pollination by nonflying mammals2,3. We present here evidence that rodents regularly pollinate two Cape Protea spp., Protea amplexicaulis and P. humiflora, and that the flowers are specifically adapted for such pollinators.

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  1. Department of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

    • DELBERT WIENS
  2. Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, Claremont, South Africa 7735

    • JOHN P. ROURKE

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