Journal article

Fire, food and sexual deception in the neighbourhood of some Australian orchids

Julian Brown, Alan York

AUSTRAL ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2017


The effective use of prescribed fire in biodiversity conservation is currently inhibited by a limited understanding of fire effects on ecosystem processes such as pollination. Orchids inhabiting fire-prone landscapes are likely to be particularly sensitive because they often exhibit highly specialized pollination systems and provide no reward to pollinators, making them dependent on co-flowering heterospecifics to attract and support pollinators. We investigated the hypothesis that fire-driven changes in the local abundance of rewarding heterospecific flowers influence pollination in two rewardless Australian orchid species, Diuris maculata sensu lato and Caladenia tentaculata. Diuris macula..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Albert Shimmins Fund for funding, and Mal Brown for assistance with data collection.