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Lapeirousia anceps

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Iridaceae > Genus: Lapeirousia

Lapeirousia anceps
The long-proboscid fly (Moegistorhynchus longirostris) pollinating a flower of Lapeirousia anceps in late spring at Rondeberg on the Cape West Coast, South Africa. [photo Colin Paterson-Jones ©]

The flowers of Lapeirousia anceps have an extremely long corolla tube and their pollinator, a fly called Moegistorhynchus longirostris (Diptera: Nemestinidae) has a simillarly long probobscis that enables it to probe the flower and derive nectar (Pauw et al. 2009).

Publications

  • Pauw, A., Stofberg, J. and Waterman, R.J. (2009). Flies and flowers in Darwin’s race. Evolution 63, 268–279.

 


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