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Caught in the act: pollination of sexually deceptive trap-flowers by fungus gnats in Pterostylis (Orchidaceae)

Phillips, Ryan; Scaccabarozzi, Daniela; Retter, Bryony A.; Hayes, Christine; Brown, Graham; Dixon, Kingsley; Peakall, Rodney


Background and Aims Pterostylisis an Australasian terrestrial orchid genus of more than 400 species, most of which use a motile, touch-sensitive labellum to trap dipteran pollinators. Despite studies dating back to 1872, the mechanism of pollinator attraction has remained elusive. This study tested whether the fungus gnat-pollinated Pterostylis sanguinea secures pollination by sexual deception. Methods The literature was used to establish criteria for confirming sexual deception as a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Annals of Botany
DOI: 10.1093/aob/mct295


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