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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Rapid Touch-stimulated Movement In The Androgynophore Of Passiflora Flowers (subgen. Decaloba; Sect. Xerogona): An Adaptation To Enhance Cross-pollination?
Author: Scorza L.C.T.
Dornelas M.C.
Abstract: Plant touch-sensitive organs have been described since Darwin's observations and are related to a quick response to environment stimuli. Sensitive flower organs have been associated to an increase in the chances of cross pollination but there are few studies regarding this topic. Here we describe for the first time the kinetic of the androgynophore movement of 4 Passiflora species (P. sanguinolenta, P. citrina, P. capsularis, and P. rubra). For that, we collected flowers and recorded the movement after mechano-stimulating the androgynophore. From the recordings, we described the movement regarding its response and sensibility to mechanical stimulus and calculated the duration, speed, and the angle formed by the androgynophore before and after the movement. From our data we were able to propose a link to the pollination habit of these species. The movement of the androgynophore in these Passiflora is a noteworthy floral feature that might lead us to another astonishing example of a mechanism that evolved among angiosperms to assure sexual reproduction. © 2014 Landes Bioscience.
Editor: Landes Bioscience
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.4161/psb.27932
Date Issue: 2014
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