Plant reproductive intervals and pollinators in the aseasonal tropics: A new model

Kuniyasu Momose*, Reiichiro Ishii, Shoko Sakai, Tamiji Inoue

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What factors determine reproductive intervals and modes of pollination in plants of the aseasonal tropics? To answer this general question, we present a new explanation for some community patterns of plant reproductive intervals and pollinators observed in a lowland dipterocarp forest in Sarawak, Malaysia, using a mathematical model featuring different display effects for different types of pollinators. Predictions from the model matched with the following observed patterns: (i) flowering intervals were different among forest strata (forest floor < understorey < canopy < subcanopy and emergent), and not in the exact order of stratum height; (ii) among generalist pollinators, the proportion of social foragers was maximum in intermediate forest stratum; and (iii) plants pollinated by specialist pollinators were found on the forest floor and in gaps.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1412
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 1998


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