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FLORAL VISITORS IN SALVIA RHOMBIFOLIA RUIZ & PAVON (LAMIACEAE) IN LIMA, PERU: A BEE-POLLINATED SPECIES

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Author(s): Lianka Cairampoma | Carlos Martel

Journal: The Biologist (Lima)
ISSN 1816-0719

Volume: 10;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 97;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Hymenoptera | Lomas ecosystem | Pollination | Salvia

ABSTRACT
We study the mechanisms, rates and agents involved in pollination and subsequent reproduction of Salvia rhombifolia. It characterized its floral visitors by recorded their visit frequency, also wemeasured its reproductive success by the percentage of seed production. Four bee species, one dipterous species and two hummingbird species were seen visiting flowers. Due hummingbirds were not actively carry pollen during their visits, they were classified as opportunistic; on the other hand, three bee species were principal pollinators because they carry and actively transfer pollen among S. rhombifolia flowers.
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