Aroideana
Journal of the International Aroid Society, Inc.
Volume 2, Number 2 (1979); Pages 52-61
Protection of developing seeds in neotropical Araceae
By Michael Madison     (Buy)

ABSTRACT:

In flowering plants with animal pollination and seed dispersal the reproductive cycle can be considered to consist of four stages, representing alternating phases of protection and display. In the protective phases immature flowers and fruits are safeguarded from predation and parasitism, while in the display phases pollinators and dispersal vectors are attracted. This alternation of protection and display is accomplished by a variety of mechanisms.

   

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