Oecologia

, Volume 111, Issue 4, pp 535–542

Evidence of pollen transfer efficiency as the natural selection factor favoring a large corolla of Campanula punctata pollinated by Bombus diversus

Authors

  • Shiro Kobayashi
    • Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113, Japan Fax: -(81)3-3818-5367; e-mail: ss47201@hongo.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp
  • Ken Inoue
    • Biological Institute and Herbarium, Faculty of Science, Shinshu University, Matsumoto 390, Japan
  • Masahiro Kato
    • Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113, Japan Fax: -(81)3-3818-5367; e-mail: ss47201@hongo.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp

DOI: 10.1007/s004420050268

Cite this article as:
Kobayashi, S., Inoue, K. & Kato, M. Oecologia (1997) 111: 535. doi:10.1007/s004420050268

Abstract

Flowers exhibiting a large corolla encompassing a wide inner space, characteristic of bee-pollinated plant species, are postulated to be maintained by a natural selection mechanism related to their pollinators. To confirm the existence and to elucidate the mechanism of such selection, we investigated the effect of floral traits on male reproductive success (RS) and its components in experimental populations of Campanula punctata and C. microdonta (Campanulaceae) under pollination by Bombus diversus (Apidae). Larger corolla width significantly increased male RS per fruit, though there was no effect on pollen removal, showing, for the first time, that a wide corolla serves a reproductive function of enhancing pollen transfer efficiency (ratio of male RS to pollen removal). Selection by pollen transfer efficiency through an indirect effect of initial pollen number or postpollination success was experimentally ruled out. Several mechanisms are proposed to explain how this selection factor is exerted on C. punctata corollas.

Key wordsBombus diversusCampanula punctataFloral traitMale reproductive successNatural selection

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