Modes of pollination in mallee-heath vegetation, Fitzgerald River National Park, Western Australia

Acknowledgments: I thank Greg J Keighery (https://www.publish.csiro.au/bt/bt06102 and https://cambridgecoastcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/P140A-2014-x-Greg-Keighery-Carpobrotus-SNEC-REPORT2.pdf) for information presented in this Post.

The following shows the type of vegetation, called mallee-heath (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ad/Mallee_En.jpg), described in this Post: https://purl.slwa.wa.gov.au/slwa_b4094764_1.

I studied a typical sample-plot, and then listed the species according to their main agents of pollination.

The results are as follows.

WIND

Casuarinaceae
Allocasuarina humilis
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/511289-Allocasuarina-humilis

Cyperaceae
Lepidosperma carphoides or a closely-related sp.
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/957534-Lepidosperma-carphoides and https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=48874&subview=table&taxon_id=323410&view=species
Lepidosperma sp. indet.
Mesomelaena stygia
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/1032520-Mesomelaena-stygia
Schoenus brevifolius or a closely-related sp.
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/353839-Schoenus-brevifolius and https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/511314-Schoenus-curvifolius
Schoenus grandiflorus
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/511313-Schoenus-grandiflorus
Schoenus subflavus https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/1404532-Schoenus-subflavus
'Tetraria gracilipes'
Tricostularia neesii
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/1038

Poaceae
Amphipogon debilis
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/1305601-Amphipogon-debilis
Amphipogon turbinatus
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/1175406-Amphipogon-turbinatus
Austrostipa pycnostachya
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/17250
Neurachne alopecuroides
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/577966-Neurachne-alopecuroidea

Restionaceae
Desmocladus lateriflorus
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/1251951-Desmocladus-lateriflorus
Lyginia barbata
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/639017-Lyginia-barbata

Rubiaceae
Opercularia vaginata
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/985467-Opercularia-vaginata

BEES

Asparagaceae
Thysanotus patersonii
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/323937-Thysanotus-patersonii

Campanulaceae
Lobelia heterophylla
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/545348-Lobelia-heterophylla

Dilleniaceae
Hibbertia gracilipes (beetles also participate)
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/569597-Hibbertia-gracilipes
Hibbertia racemosa (beetles also participate)
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/511324-Hibbertia-racemosa

Fabaceae
Acacia cochlearis (flies also participate)
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/53345-Acacia-cochlearis
Acacia rostellifera (flies also participate)
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/927752-Acacia-rostellifera
Acacia subcaerulea (flies also participate)
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/1239747-Acacia-subcaerulea
Daviesia incrassata reversifolia
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/559923-Daviesia-incrassata
Gompholobium tomentosum
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/545095-Gompholobium-tomentosum
Jacksonia sericea or a closely-related sp.
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/139020-Jacksonia-sericea and https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=48874&subview=table&taxon_id=117284&view=species

Goodeniaceae
Dampiera loranthifolia
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/7455

Malvaceae
Lasiopetalum indutum
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/5035 and https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/1147247-Lasiopetalum-indutum
Lasiopetalum sp. indet.
Thomasia angustifolia
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/567106-Thomasia-angustifolia

Proteaceae
Labichea lanceolata
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/566654-Labichea-lanceolata

HYMENOPTERA (bees and/or wasps)

Ericaceae
Leucopogon sp. indet.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=48874&subview=table&taxon_id=83594&view=species

FLIES

Lauraceae
Cassytha racemosa
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/800963-Cassytha-racemosa

Proteaceae
Hakea trifurcata (blowflies)
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/2214 and https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/532691-Hakea-trifurcata

Stylidiaceae
Stylidium piliferum (hoverflies)
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/567801-Stylidium-piliferum

SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZE INSECTS

Asteraceae
Argentipallium niveum (bees, beetles, and flies)
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/854468-Argentipallium-niveum

Myrtaceae
Melaleuca scabra (bees, beetles, and others)
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/1133697-Melaleuca-scabra
Melaleuca striata (bees, beetles, and others)
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/525072-Melaleuca-striata

VARIOUS SMALL INSECTS

Asteraceae
Podotheca angustifolia
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/511254-Podotheca-angustifolia
Pterochaeta paniculata
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/634732-Pterochaeta-paniculata

Rhamnaceae
Spyridium sp. indet. (other than globulosum)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=48874&subview=table&taxon_id=323892&view=species
Stenanthemum complicatum
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/1242439-Stenanthemum-complicatum

BIRDS

Haemodoraceae
Anigozanthos rufus
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/123204-Anigozanthos-rufus

Myrtaceae
Melaleuca quadrifida
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/589723-Melaleuca-quadrifida

Proteaceae
Banksia lemanniana (possibly some participation by mammals; flowers Oct.-early Jan.)
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/1827 and https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/525124-Banksia-lemanniana
Grevillea nudiflora
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/532694-Grevillea-nudiflora

BIRDS AND INSECTS, particularly buprestid beetles

Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus pleurocarpa
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/525370-Eucalyptus-pleurocarpa

INBREEDING SYSTEM

Rutaceae
Cyanothamnus ramosus
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/1318329-Cyanothamnus-ramosus

Stylidiaceae
Levenhookia pusilla
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/123190-Levenhookia-pusilla

INSECTS, possibly bees and flies

Olax phyllanthi
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/2366 and https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/560467-Olax-phyllanthi

UNKNOWN

Phyllanthaceae
Poranthera microphylla
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/4691

Proteaceae
Hakea nitida
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/537499-Hakea-nitida

Posted on 24 de diciembre de 2022 by milewski milewski

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