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The Spider Orchid Caladenia crebra Produces Sulfurous Pheromone Mimics to Attract its Male Wasp Pollinator

Bohman, Bjorn; Phillips, Ryan; Flematti, Gavin; Barrow, Russell; Peakall, Rod


One of the most intriguing natural observations is the pollination of orchids by sexual deception. Chemicals underpin this interaction between the orchid and its sexually attracted male insect pollinator, with the signaling compounds involved, called semiochemicals, predicted to mimic the chemical composition of the sex pheromone. We identified floral semiochemicals from Caladenia (spider orchids) for the first time. We further demonstrate that C. crebra attracts its single pollinator species...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Angewandte Chemie
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201702864
Access Rights: Open Access

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