Complex floral traits shape pollinator attraction to ornamental plants

Emily Erickson, Robert Junker, Jared Ali, Nathaniel McCartney, Harland Patch & Christina Grozinger
Background and Aims Ornamental flowering plant species are often used in managed greenspaces to attract and support pollinator populations. In natural systems, selection by pollinators is hypothesized to result in convergent multimodal floral phenotypes that are more attractive to specific pollinator taxa. In contrast, ornamental cultivars are bred via artificial selection by humans, and exhibit diverse and distinct phenotypes. Despite their prevalence in managed habitats, the influence of cultivar phenotypic variation on plant attractiveness to...
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