20 July, 2015

Stiff flax can self pollinate and experiences limited harm from pollen of an introduced neighbor

by B.R. Montgomery and C.W. Phillips

A flower of the prairie wildflower stiff flax
For self-compatible plant species, individuals can use their own pollen to fertilize their ovules, but self-incompatible plant species have mechanisms that prevent this from occurring In this study we tested whether the prairie wildflower stiff flax is self-compatible and whether it requires pollinator for seed production. Another study goal was to test whether receipt of pollen from the introduced plant leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula) interfered with the stiff flax’s pollination.   

Read the whole summary in: English!
Read the scientific publication in JPE.

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