by Santiago Cárdenas et al.
O. grandiflora inflorescence. By Pedro Machado.
Pollination is a key interaction for maintaining ecological functionality in biodiverse ecosystems like the tropical Andes. When a plant is visited and seemingly pollinated by a diverse community of animals, we can better understand their unique roles by comparing their contribution to pollination.
O. grandiflora is an Andean shrub ideally suited to study pollination effectiveness among different pollinators. It is visited by hummingbirds during the day, and by night, by bats and mice.