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Type: Journal article
Title: The reproductive ecology of two naturalised Erica species (Ericaceae) in the Adelaide hills: the rise and fall of two 'would-be' weeds?
Author: Turner, D.
Conran, J.
Citation: Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 2004; 128:23-31
Publisher: Royal Soc South Australia Inc
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0372-1426
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D. Turner & J.G. Conran
Abstract: The pollination biology and reproductive ecology of the newly naturalised species Erica cinerea from Europe and E. glandulosa from South Africa (Ericaceae) are reported from the Adelaide Hills from surveys undertaken in 1995 and 2003. Examination of UV floral reflectance, nectar composition and floral visitors found that E. cinerea was honeybee pollinated (although the bees also practiced nectar theft by chewing through the corolla tube), whereas E. glandulosa was probably pollinated by New Holland Honeyeaters (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae: Meliphagidae) which filled the niche of the nectariniid Sunbirds which pollinate it in South Africa.
Keywords: Erica; E. cinerea; E. glandulosa; Ericaceae; weed biology; reproductive ecology; pollination; fecundity; Australia
Description: Copyright © 2004 Royal Society of South Australia
RMID: 0020040509
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