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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||REPRODUCTIVE-BIOLOGY OF THE DISTYLOUS MANETTIA-LUTEO-RUBRA (RUBIACEAE)|
|Abstract:||The reproductive biology of Manettia luteo-rubra was studied in the coastal montane Atlantic rain forest of southeastern Brazil. This Rubiaceae is a perennial vine that flowers all the year round, but has a flowering peak during the dry season. It presents reciprocal herkogamy, thus the plants are morphologically distylous. The morphs occur in a 1:1 ratio, and pollen diameter and corolla length vary between short and long-styled flowers. Manettia luteo-rubra displays typical heterostylous self-incompatibility and sets almost no fruits from self- or intramorph pollinations. The flowers are tubular, red with yellow lobes, and odourless. Anthesis is asynchronous, and the Bowers last about four days. Concentration of sugars in nectar is similar in both morphs, ca. 24%, this concentration being typical for hummingbird flowers. Three species of hummingbirds are the major pollinators of the flowers of M. luteo-rubra at the study site: the hermits Phaethornis eurynome and P. squalidus, and the trochiline Thalurania glaucopis. Three species of Heliconius butterflies act as minor pollinators. Both morphs of M. luteo-rubra exhibit natu ral fruit-set of about 80%, this reproductive output being maintained throughout the year by the pollinators' constancy to the flowers.|
|Editor:||Georg Thieme Verlag|
|Appears in Collections:||Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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