|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.We 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 traps.