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Pollination Biology

Clark, John L. [1], Muchhala, Nathan [2], Coleman, Cassandra L. [1].

Multiple shifts between bee-adapted and hummingbird-adapted flowers in the neotropical plant genus Drymonia (Gesneriaceae).

The neotropical plant genus Drymonia is exemplified by a remarkable diversity of flower shapes and colors. The classification of Drymonia and closely related genera is still in flux; it has been difficult historically because of the convergence of pollination syndromes associated with bird-adapted flowers. A preliminary phylogeny of Drymonia and closely related genera based on nuclear and chloroplast markers suggests that there have been more shifts between pollinators and associated floral traits than previously recognized, and that these shifts are the primary reason for the convergence of pouched flowers.

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1 - University of Alabama, Department of Biological Sciences, Box 870345, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487, USA
2 - University of Toronto

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Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Session: 13
Location: 553A/Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Time: 2:15 PM
Number: 13004
Abstract ID:620

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