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Multiple meanings and modes: on the many ways to be a generalist flower

Ollerton, J., Killick, A., Lamborn, E., Watts, S. and Whiston, M. (2007) Multiple meanings and modes: on the many ways to be a generalist flower. Taxon. 56(3), pp. 717-728. 0040-0262.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: The concept of a generalist flower appears to mean different things to different people, depending upon their background and training. We assess the different meanings of generalist flowers with respect to the ecological "set and setting" of pollination, and then we discuss notions of ecological, functional and phenotypic generalization. These ideas are explored in more detail using examples from our own published and unpublished studies on the pollination ecology of Daucus carota, Hedera helix, and Chamerion angustifolium, and from the published work of other researchers. Finally we relate these ideas and clarified definitions of "generalist" and "specialist" flowers to the pollination syndrome concept.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asclepias; Apocynaceae; mutualism; Pollination biology; species interactions
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Q Science > QK Botany > QK900 Plant ecology
Creators: Ollerton, Jeff, Killick, Ant, Lamborn, Ellen, Watts, Stella and Whiston, Margaret
Publisher: International Association for Plant Taxonomy
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Applied Sciences (to 2009) > Environmental Science (to 2009)
Date: August 2007
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 717-728
Journal or Publication Title: Taxon
Volume: 56
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 0040-0262
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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