n African Entomology - Floral resources of Apis mellifera capensis in the fynbos biome in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
|Article Title||Floral resources of Apis mellifera capensis in the fynbos biome in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Author||A. Addi, P. Phillipson and H.R. Hepburn|
|Publication Date||Mar 2006|
|Pages||153 - 159|
|Keyword(s)||Apis mellifera capensis, Bee botany, Fynbos and Pollen|
The plant species utilized by Cape honeybees, Apis mellifera capensis, as primary nectar and pollen sources were studied in the Eastern Cape Province in an area where fynbos vegetation mingles with grassland communities. From direct field observations and analyses of pollen loads collected by foragers, 54 plant species were identified as nectar and pollen sources. Of 37 endemic and exotic pollen source plants, Metalasia muricata, Eucalyptus grandis, E. camadulensis, Erica chamissonis, Helichrysum odoratissimum, H. anomalum, Crassula cultrata and Acacia longifolia were dominant species.
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