Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 191, Issue 3–4, pp 237–246 | Cite as

Nectar by day and night:Siphocampylus sulfureus (Lobeliaceae) pollinated by hummingbirds and bats

  • Marlies Sazima
  • Ivan Sazima
  • Silvana Buzato


Most species of the neotropical genusSiphocampylus are believed to be bird-pollinated. The pollination biology ofSiphocampylus sulfureus was studied in a montane region in SE Brazil. This species has features intermediate between ornithophilous and chiropterophilous syndromes: it presents a striking combination of yellowish flowers with strong odour (chiropterophilous features), and diurnal anthesis and sucrose-dominated nectar (ornithophilous features). Major pollinators were hummingbirds by day, and a phyllostomid bat by night.Siphocampylus sulfureus may be viewed as a recent derivate from the presumed ornithophilous stock within sect.Macrosiphon, and thus benefits from the activity of both diurnal and nocturnal vertebrate pollinators.

Key words

Lobeliaceae Phyllostomidae Trochilidae Pollination chiropterophily ornithophily Flora of SE Brazil 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marlies Sazima
    • 1
  • Ivan Sazima
    • 1
  • Silvana Buzato
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamentos de Botânica e de ZoologiaUniversidade Estadual de CampinasCampinas, São PauloBrasil

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