Floral and pollinator behaviour of flexistylous Bornean ginger, Alpinia nieuwenhuizii (Zingiberaceae)

A., Takano and Johnny Gisil, and M. Yusoff, and T., Tachi (2005) Floral and pollinator behaviour of flexistylous Bornean ginger, Alpinia nieuwenhuizii (Zingiberaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution, 252 (3-4). pp. 167-173. ISSN 0378-2697


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Flexistyly is a unique floral mechanism involving extreme curving of the style. It was first described in Chinese ginger (Amomum, Zingiberaceae). This is a pioneer report on flexistylous gingers of Malesia, where most species of this family grow. We observed the floral behaviour and flower visitors in Alpinia nieuwenhuizii Val., a Bornean endemic. Although the floral behaviour and effective pollinators (carpenter bees, Xylocopa) were similar between the Bornean species and the previously reported flexistylous Alpinia, the pollinator behaviour between them strikingly differed with regard to the visit frequency of the pollinators showing a bimodal pattern during the day. This was a better match for the floral behaviour of the flexistylous Alpinia. Some gender differentiation observed between the two types of morphs is also discussed in the present study.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alpinia nieuwenhuizii, Borneo, Flexistyly, Floral behaviour, Pollination
Subjects: S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Divisions: SCHOOL > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email storage.bpmlib@ums.edu.my
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 09:45
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 08:16
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/979

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