An observation of adult parasitic wasps (Diapriidae sp.) visiting Melichrus urceolatus (Ericaceae) flowers in an endangered woodland remnant

  • Melichrus urceolatus R.Br. (family Ericaceae) (Urn heath) is a small shrub endemic to eastern Australia found in open grassy woodlands and heath from southern Queensland to central Victoria. Very little is known of its ecology, particularly in relation to its pollination and reproductive strategies. Most Melichrus species are thought to be animal-pollinated, but some floral traits of Melichrus urceolatus suggest wind pollination. Here, I describe an observation of parasitic wasps (Diapriidae sp.) found inside Melichrus urceolatus flowers in a Box-Gum Grassy Woodland remnant in Albury, New South Wales and discuss the ecological significance of the observation.

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Author:Manu E. Saunders
ISSN:0727- 9620
ISSN:2200 - 405X
Parent Title (English):Cunninghamia : a journal of plant ecology for eastern Australia
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2016
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/10/23
Page Number:4
First Page:11
Last Page:14
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 58 Pflanzen (Botanik) / 580 Pflanzen (Botanik)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia / Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia, Volume 16 (2016)
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht