Convergent evolution of floral traits and the utility of pollination syndromes
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From darwin onwards, floral trait similarities among unrelated plants have been attributed to what
selection by shared types of pollinators
Faegri and van der Pijl formalised such trait similarities into a set of what, which were intended to recognise combinations of common trait states in plants attracting particular groups of visitors
what can pollination syndromes serve in effect for?
two purposes: hypotheses for testing assumptions of pollinator mediated selection on specific traits and second, as educated guess in setting up suitable protocols for empirical study of plant pollinator interactions
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