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Long-proboscid fly pollination of two orchids in the Cape Drakensberg mountains, South Africa

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Large hovering flies with elongated nectar-feeding mouthparts play an important role in the pollination of South African plants. Here we describe and illustrate the pollination of two long-spurred orchids —Disa oreophila H. Bolus subsp.erecta Linder andBrownleea macroceras Sond. — by the long-proboscid flyProsoeca ganglbaueri Lichtwardt (Nemestrinidae).

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Johnson, S.D., Steiner, K.E. Long-proboscid fly pollination of two orchids in the Cape Drakensberg mountains, South Africa. Pl Syst Evol 195, 169–175 (1995).

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