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Thursday - July 17, 2014

From: Farmington, NM
Region: Southwest
Topic: Pollinators, Shrubs
Title: Pollination of Fendlera rupicola
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

How/by what is Fendlera rupicola pollinated?

ANSWER:

The Arizona-New Mexico Pollinator Partnership Guide lists, bees, flies, butterflies and moths as the pollinators of Fendlera rupicola (Cliff fendlerbush)The Arches National Park in Utah says:  "other genera in this family are pollinated by insects."

One reference indicated that Fendlera rupicola was visited by Pyrgus communis, common checkered-skipper, but this was shown only in the index of a book that wasn't named.

 

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