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  • Jack Neff
    Aug 6, 2014
      Several brood place pollination systems have been semi-recently described for tropical trees and shrubs.  One involves small moths and Glochidion (Euphorbiaceae) Kato et al, 2003. PNAS.  Another involves curculionid beetles and members of the Eupomatiaceae in Australia (Irvine and Armstrong, "Beetle pollination in tropical forests of Australia" ,1990 in Bawa and Headly eds., "Reproductive ecology of tropical forest plants"  pp 135-150. UNESCO, Paris).  Another involves drosophilid flies and the Araceae (Sultana et al, 2006 "Phylogeny and classification of Colocasiomyia (Diptera, Drosophilidae) and its evolution of pollination mutualism with aroid plants" Systematic Entomology 31: 684-702.  I believe all these occur in Australia.  The Glochidion system involves hundreds of species.


      John L. Neff
      Central Texas Melittological Institute
      7307 Running Rope
      Austin,TX 78731 USA

      On Wednesday, August 6, 2014 12:47 PM, "Peter Bernhardt bernhap2@... [beemonitoring]" <beemonitoring-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

      Australian broadcasting asked me to review Germaine Greer's most recent book, "White Beech; The Rainforest Years."  Some of you will know that Greer purchased a piece of northeastern Australia  in 2001 to restore native species and destroy invasives like lantana.

      In two sections of the book Greer insists that the same insects that pollinate the flowers of her tropical trees also lay their eggs in the fruit or seeds.  The pollination biology of native, tropical trees in Australia is in its infancy and Greer does not indicate how she came by her conclusion.  She does recount the fig-wasp story.  Does anyone know of any other tropical/equatorial group of trees pollinated by the same insects that oviposit on fruits or seeds?  No, Yucca does NOT count.


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