Pollination of some New Zealand plants
- Department of Botany, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
[Abstract of a paper read at the Ecological Society Conference, 1983.]
Many New Zealand plants have flowers that are small, dull-coloured and structurally simple. Most authors, following A. R. Wallace, have attributed these features to the limited insect fauna available in New Zealand, particularly the paucity of specialised pollinators. Despite the unique opportunities in New Zealand for pollination studies, the subject has largely been neglected. The floral syndromes of some New Zealand plants will be discussed in relation to the mode of selection operating and interactions with breeding systems, means of dispersal and vegetative ecology.