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Coevolution: puff pollination in tropical flowers

Coevolution: puff pollination in tropical flowers

Current Biology 24(14): R649

A new study shows that birds plucking anthers of the Melastome, Axinaea, demonstrate a novel bird pollination mechanism. Each stamen of Axinaea offers a nutrient-rich, berry-like food body that, when bitten, releases a puff of pollen allowing transfer to stigmas by wind or the pollen-dusted bird.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.06.020

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