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Pitcher Plants in their Evolutionary Context

January 24, 2012
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Pitcher Plant

Scientists at the Harvard Forest are trying to answer a question that is now more than 100 years old: how did the 11 different species of North American pitcher plant evolve? A new paper by Research Fellow Wyatt Oswald, Research Assistant Elaine Doughty, former Bullard Fellows Gidi and Rina Ne'eman, and Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison, adds new insight to the relationships between these 11 species by showing differences in the shape and size of the plants' pollen.

Read Pollen Morphology and Its Relationship to Taxonomy of the Genus Sarracenia in the journal Rhodora. 

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