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Most species in the scrublands of Andalucía (southern Spain) either secrete no nectar or are insignificant nectar producers. Although the 122 species studied belong to 23 families, the nectar secretion pattern is largely determined by three families: Cistaceae, Labiatae and Leguminosae. The amount of sugar secreted by nectariferous species is positively related to flower dry weight. The amount of sugar produced, for a given floral dry weight, is significantly higher for species with tubular corollas than for species with non-tubular ones.

Affiliations: 1: Departamento de Botánica, Facultad de Biologia, Universidad de Sevilla


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