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1 December 2015 Effects of Floral Symmetry on Pollination in Bidens aristosa
Jolee G. Potts
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I experimentally examined in Bidens aristosa whether extent of flower symmetry affected pollination by insects. Flowers that were treated to increase asymmetry were visited by significantly fewer pollinators than control flowers. Flowers that remained symmetrical after manipulation showed no change in pollinators relative to the controls. These results suggest that insect pollinators have a preference for symmetrical flowers, and that radially symmetric flowers are better at attracting pollinators than their asymmetric counterparts.

Jolee G. Potts "Effects of Floral Symmetry on Pollination in Bidens aristosa," The Southwestern Naturalist 60(4), 370-373, (1 December 2015). https://doi.org/10.1894/0038-4909-60.4.370
Received: 5 April 2015; Published: 1 December 2015
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