Pollination of the eastern dwarf mistletoe.

F. A. Baker, D. W. French, H. M. Kulman, Owen Davis, R. C. Bright

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Abstract

Flowering and pollination of Arceuthobium pusillum growing on Picea mariana were studied in Carlton County, MN. Staminate flowers opened in April and abscission was complete by mid-June. Average number of pistillate flowers per aerial shoot ranged from 4.8-5.1. From the flowering period of seed dispersal (September), 36-59% of pistillate aerial shoots were lost. Based on March flower counts, 0.3-2.4 fruits matured per aerial shoot, ie 5-35% of pistillate flowers developed into mature fruits. Although insect exclusion studies demonstrated that wind pollination did occur, few grains of Arceuthobium pollen were collected with vaseline slides or a Rotorod sampler. Fifty-nine species of insects trapped on sticky-board traps carried pollen of Arceuthobium. Entomophily is the most important pollination mechanism for this dwarf mistletoe. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)708-714
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Forest Research
Volume15
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Baker, F. A., French, D. W., Kulman, H. M., Davis, O., & Bright, R. C. (1985). Pollination of the eastern dwarf mistletoe. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 15(4), 708-714.

Pollination of the eastern dwarf mistletoe. / Baker, F. A.; French, D. W.; Kulman, H. M.; Davis, Owen; Bright, R. C.

In: Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Vol. 15, No. 4, 1985, p. 708-714.

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Baker, FA, French, DW, Kulman, HM, Davis, O & Bright, RC 1985, 'Pollination of the eastern dwarf mistletoe.', Canadian Journal of Forest Research, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 708-714.
Baker FA, French DW, Kulman HM, Davis O, Bright RC. Pollination of the eastern dwarf mistletoe. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 1985;15(4):708-714.
Baker, F. A. ; French, D. W. ; Kulman, H. M. ; Davis, Owen ; Bright, R. C. / Pollination of the eastern dwarf mistletoe. In: Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 1985 ; Vol. 15, No. 4. pp. 708-714.
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