Present address: Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Hirano 2-509-3, Otsu 520-2113, Japan.
Breeding system and floral visitors of Veratrum album subsp. oxysepalum (Melanthiaceae)
Article first published online: 6 APR 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 The Society for the Study of Species Biology
Plant Species Biology
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 42–46, April 2009
How to Cite
KATO, Y., ARAKI, K. and OHARA, M. (2009), Breeding system and floral visitors of Veratrum album subsp. oxysepalum (Melanthiaceae). Plant Species Biology, 24: 42–46. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-1984.2009.00231.x
- Issue published online: 6 APR 2009
- Article first published online: 6 APR 2009
- Received 15 August 2008; accepted 10 December 2008
- clonal growth;
- mast seeding;
Veratrum album subsp. oxysepalum is an andromonoecious perennial woodland herb. In the present study, to clarify the essential life-history characteristics of this species, sexual reproduction was examined and breeding experiments were carried out along with observations of floral visitors in the field. The results of the breeding experiments showed that this species has a high level of self-incompatibility. As various Coleoptera and Diptera visited the flowers, the seed production of V. album subsp. oxysepalum possibly depends on outcrossing pollination by insects.