Insect and wind pollination in Urginea maritima (Liliaceae)

A. Dafni, R. Dukas

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Three co-existing pollination mechanisms are found in Urginea maritima: insect-, wind-, and self-pollination. The flowers exhibit a typical insect-pollination syndrome; they offer abundant exposed nectar as well as pollen. Out of the many different visitors only a few could be regarded as pollinators:Apis mellifera, Polistes gallicus, and Vespa orientalis. Wind pollination also occurs and generally is responsible for self-pollination. It is argued that the development of extra wind-pollination accompanied by partial self-incompatibility is an adaptation to increase pollination in an unfavourable season (August-September), when insects are scarce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPlant Systematics and Evolution
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 1986


  • Angiosperms
  • Liliaceae
  • Pollination mechanisms
  • Urginea maritima

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science


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