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Pollination and Floral Ecology$
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Pat Willmer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691128610

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691128610.001.0001

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The Timing and Patterning of Flowering

The Timing and Patterning of Flowering

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(p.483) Chapter 21 The Timing and Patterning of Flowering
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Pollination and Floral Ecology
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Pat Willmer

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691128610.003.0021

This chapter examines the factors that affect the timing and patterning of flowering, as well as the effects of different flowering patterns on pollination outcomes. Plants should flower in ways that maximize their own reproductive success. The “flowering pattern” is a composite of the timing and frequency of individual flowers opening, and also of floral longevity. These phenological factors vary between and within species. Flowering phenology can influence the plant’s manipulation of its visitors in ways that should increase either or both of pollen transfer and pollen receipt. The chapter first considers the frequency of flowering and the shape of the flowering period before discussing flower longevity and flowering period. It also explores the question of how big a flower should be, how many flowers a plant should have at any one time, what determines the phenological parameters for a particular plant species, and where the flowers should be placed.

Keywords:   flowering pattern, pollination, flower, reproductive success, flowering pattern, floral longevity, flowering phenology, pollen, flowering frequency, flowering period

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