Nolana balsamiflua (Gaudich.) Mesa (Solanaceae), a vulnerable shrub of the Atacama Desert dependent on pollinators for seed set
Pollinator-dependency for reproduction is of great importance for plants. We evaluated the breeding system of Nolana balsamiflua, a threatened endemic shrub of the Atacama Desert, performing four pollination trials. No flower produced seeds by agamospermy, autogamy and geitonogamy. However, xenogamy accounted for 51.4% of fruiting, indicating its full dependency on exogenous pollen and pollinators for reproduction.
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