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  • Title
    Interactions between insect pollinators and the ornamental tree, Tecoma stans (L.)
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    Tecoma stans (Bignoniaceae) is a native of Central America but occurs throughout tropical latitudes due to cultivation as an ornamental; in India it is also normally cultivated as an ornamental tree. The plant has two anthesis schedules in a day - one during 0500-0800hrs and another during 1500-1700hrs. Different species of bees and wasps collect pollen and nectar from the flowers during daylight hours, while hawk moths collect nectar during the 0530-0700hrs and 1630-1830hrs periods. The flowers are an important source of pollen and/or nectar for these insects, and all facilitate pollination. The nectar contains three common sugars: hexoses, glucose and fructose, and it is also a source of three essential amino acids: lysine, histidine and threonine, and eight non-essential amino acids: glycine, serine, proline, arginine, glutamic acid, cystine, cysteine and alanine. With these floral rewards, T. stans sustains pollinator populations in areas where it is cultivated.
    Attribution
    Jonathan K.H., Raju A.J.S., Branham K.S., Devi D.S. (2009). Journal of Threatened Taxa 2(1) pp. 126-127; doi:10.11609/JoTT.o1871.126-7