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Title: Ultraviolet Floral Patterns in the Native Hawaiian Flora: What Do They Mean for Island Biogeography?
Authors: Jones, C Eugene
Dorsett, Deborah K.
Roelofs, Faith M.
Shah, Chirag V.
Issue Date: Jan-1999
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Jones CE, Dorsett DK, Roelofs FM, Shah CV. 1999. Ultraviolet floral patterns in the native Hawaiian flora: What do they mean for island biogeography? Pac Sci 53(1): 82-87.
Abstract: We examined 104 species (13%) of the approximately 784 species
of biotically pollinated plants native to Hawai'i and found 14 (13.5%) that have
an ultraviolet (UV) floral pattern. However, detailed examination revealed that
32% of the Hawaiian strand species have UV floral patterns, whereas only 8%
of the upland species did. All of the flowers with UV patterns measured 1 cm
or more in diameter and all but two appear yellow to humans. We discuss several
possible explanations for the apparent paucity of UV floral patterns in the
native Hawaiian upland flora.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 53, Number 1, 1999

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