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Tropical Biology Section

Koptur, Suzanne [1], Khorsand Rosa, Roxaneh [2].

Challenging the assumption of wind pollination in Coccothrinax argentata (Arecaceae): Preliminary observations and analyses.

We examined the reproductive biology of the rare and endemic silver palm, Coccothrinax argentata (Jacq.) L. H. Bailey, in the pine rocklands of southern Florida. In addition to conducting visitor exclusion experiments, we observed five species of insects visiting the flowers of C. argentata and found large quantities of C. argentata pollen on their bodies. These preliminary results suggest that insects collect pollen from this species and may play a role in its pollination. Understanding the breeding system and pollination biology of the silver palm will facilitate effective management strategies of this rare palm.


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1 - Florida International University, Deparment of Biological Sciences, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami, Florida, 33199, USA
2 - Florida International University, Deparment of Biological Sciences, 11

Keywords:
Arecaceae
breeding system
pollination
pine rockland
bees.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for BSA Sections
Session: 15
Location: Alpine A/Snowbird Center
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2009
Time: 11:00 AM
Number: 15004
Abstract ID:978


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