Renata M. S. A. Meira Universidade Federal de Vi̤osa (UFV) Departamento de Biologia Vegetal Av. P. H. Rolfs, s/n, Campus Universit
Prockia crucis P. Browne ex. L., nectaries
Leaf nectary of Prockia crucis P. Browne ex. L. (Salicaceae) with
a drop of sucrose-rich, high-energy nectar, which may be attractive to visitors.
Some species of aggressive ants get nectar from extrafloral nectaries, meanwhile
protecting the plant's leaves. This interaction may be an important strategy
to enhance the adaptive success of the species. These highly structured nectaries
are similar to the salicoids teeth of the Populus and Salix
species, lending strong support to the phylogenetic proximity of these clades.
For further detail: see Thadeo et al.
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