Georgian, Zhendong Fang, Eve Emshwiller, and Anna Pidgeon
|Rhododendron floccigerum. Photograph by E. Georgian|
Rhododendron is a large genus composed of approximately 1000 species that have
a center of diversity in the Himalayas. Little is known about the pollination ecology
of Asian rhododendrons. Bird pollination has been proposed for Rhododendron species with large, red, nectar-bearing
flowers, such as Rhododendron floccigerum,
but no studies have been conducted to determine what species visit these rhododendrons.
focused our study on one species of Rhododendron
with this morphology: R. floccigerum.
We sought to identify the species that visit R. floccigerum in their native range in northwestern Yunnan
Province, southwestern China through both in-person observations and camera
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