n Veld & Flora - Sweet treats for little dragons - research

Volume 105 Number 4
  • ISSN : 0042-3203


BIRDS DO IT, bees do it . . . even animals that do not fly can be plant pollinators. But a lizard? That is globally very rare. Yet careful detective work has finally discovered a surprise reptile pollinator in the Drakensberg – what you could call a little dragon that enjoys sweet treats. The Drakensberg crag lizard has been unmasked as the pollinator of the so-called hidden flowers (Guthriea capensis). More than that, our recent study highlights that new and remarkable interactions between flowers and other creatures are still being discovered.

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