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Boletín Científico. Centro de Museos. Museo de Historia Natural

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CARRANZA-QUICENO, Jaime A.  and  ESTEVEZ-VARON, Jaime V.. BROMELIACEAE POLLINATION ECOLOGY IN THE CANOPY OF THE NEOTROPICAL MOUNTAIN FORESTS. Bol. Cient. Mus. Hist. Nat. Univ. Caldas [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.1, pp.38-47. ISSN 0123-3068.

This text introduces general aspects regarding the pollination of epiphyte bromeliads in the neotropical mountain forests. The study was based on the review of topics that range from floral biology and pollination syndromes to the interactions with the pollinators groups; emphasizing bird pollination that is generally carried out by hummingbirds, and some evolutive aspects regarding the bromeliad-hummingbird interaction. Finally, some considerations concerning the effects humans have on the bromeliad-pollinators interactions were made, as well as highlighting some perspectives and future researches.

Keywords : Tropical mountain forests; bromeliads; hummingbirds; flowering ecology; plant-animal interactions; pollination.

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