, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 229–232

Floral mimicry between Orchis israelitica Baumann and Dafni (Orchidaceae) and Bellevalia flexuosa Boiss. (Liliaceae)

  • A. Dafni
  • Y. Ivri

DOI: 10.1007/BF00349193

Cite this article as:
Dafni, A. & Ivri, Y. Oecologia (1981) 49: 229. doi:10.1007/BF00349193


Orchis israelitica, which has no food reward, was found to share the pollinators of Bellevalia flexuosa: Eucera clypeata, Bombylius sp. and possibly also Anthophora sp. Since both species have a similar coloration pattern, flowering period and habitats — it is suggested that O. israelitica mimics the flowers of B. flexuosa as a deceit syndrome of pollination.

Aspects of floral mimicry, with special attention to floral adaptations in the genus Orchis, are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Dafni
    • 1
  • Y. Ivri
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of EvolutionHaifa UniversityHaifaIsrael

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