27 May, 2015

The pollination ecology of Rhododendron floccigerum in Yunnan Province, China

by Elizabeth 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.
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.

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Read the scientific publication in JPE.

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