Optimal nectar production in a hummingbird pollinated plant

Graham H. Pyke*

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It is hypothesized that the average rate of nectar production per flower for a population of plants is such than an individual plant which possesses this rate has maximum fitness (i.e., is optimal). This basic hypothesis is used to develop predictions concerning nectar production in scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata), a hummingbird pollinated plant. The optimal standing crop of nectar per flower is not significantly different from the observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-343
Number of pages18
JournalTheoretical Population Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes


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