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Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 245, Issue 1–2, pp 41–54 | Cite as

Moth pollination of woody species in the Cerrados of Central Brazil: a case of so much owed to so few?

  • Paulo Eugênio Oliveira
  • Peter Edward Gibbs
  • Ana Angélica Barbosa
Article

Abstract.

We present a survey of moth pollination in woody species of the Cerrado of Central Brazil. Although with the exception of Roupala montana (which has simple polysepalous flowers arranged in dense cymes) all moth pollinated species in this community have tubular flowers, or a pseudo-tube formed from a single folded petal in Qualea grandiflora, settling moth flowers (tube less than 15 mm) vs. hawkmoth flowers (tube more than 50 mm) are markedly different in size. Moths visit some 20 woody Cerrado species, but they are probably effective pollinators of only 13 species or ca.14% of the woody taxa studied, and even in these latter species they are often very sparse visitors. Nevertheless, it is notable that moths are pollinators for 21% of the 38 most commonly distributed woody Cerrado species. Moreover, the reproductive efficacy of the studied moth pollinated species was similar to that of species pollinated by other kind of vectors.

Key words

Pollination Lepidoptera Heterocera savanna Aspidosperma Roupala Qualea 

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© Springer-Verlag Wien 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulo Eugênio Oliveira
    • 1
  • Peter Edward Gibbs
    • 2
  • Ana Angélica Barbosa
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute de BiologiaUniversidade Federal de UberlândiaBrazil
  2. 2.School of BiologyUniversity of St. AndrewsUK

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