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Disa cooperi

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: Orchidaceae > Genus: Disa

Ecological interactions

Pollination

Pollinated by Hawkmoths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) including:

  • Basiotha schenki - Johnson (1995) found this to be an effective pollinator of Disa cooperi. Pollinaria get attached to the basal, thicker, portion of the proboscis.

Agrius convolvuli also visited the flowers but its proboscis is too long for the basal portion to come into contact with the pollinaria. This hawkmoth therefore does not usually effect pollination in Disa cooperi and effectively is a nectar robber.

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