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Evolution of inflorescence design: Theory and data

Author(s): M. Fishbein and D. L. Venable

Month: Dec
Year: 1996

Journal: Evolution
Volume: 50
Issue: 6
Pages: 2165-2177

Article Topic(s): Pollination,Morphology
Research Setting(s): Laboratory,Field

Species Referenced: Asclepias tuberosa (Butterflyweed),


The authors present a model of Asclepisas inflorescence shape based on both male and female function. The model was tested in a field study during which it was found that male fitness was greatest at intermediate umble sizes while female fitness was greatest when umbles were small.

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M. Fishbein and D. L. Venable. "Evolution of inflorescence design: Theory and data." Evolution 50.6 (1996): 2165-2177.

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