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WILDFLOWER/POLLINATOR LAB
Pollination System Data Sheet
Adapted from: Tyrrell, L. 1989. How is this flower pollinated? Journal of College Science Teaching 18:378-383.

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wildflower species

Flower Descriptions

Proposed Pollination System(s)

Possible Pollen Vectors Observed

WI  BT  F-M  F-S  BE  BU  MO  BI  BA 


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wildflower species

Flower Descriptions

Proposed Pollination System(s)

Possible Pollen Vectors Observed

WI  BT  F-M  F-S  BE  BU  MO  BI  BA


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wildflower species

Flower Descriptions

Proposed Pollination System(s)

Possible Pollen Vectors Observed

WI  BT  F-M  F-S  BE  BU  MO  BI  BA


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wildflower species

Flower Descriptions

Proposed Pollination System(s)

Possible Pollen Vectors Observed

WI  BT  F-M  F-S  BE  BU  MO  BI  BA


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wildflower species

Flower Descriptions

Proposed Pollination System(s)

Possible Pollen Vectors Observed

WI  BT  F-M  F-S  BE  BU  MO  BI  BA


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Key BI (birds) MO (moths) BE (bees) F-M (bee-like flies)
WI (wind) BA (bats) BU (butterflies BT (beetles) F-S (carrion and dung flies)

See sample below for how one species would be filled in on the data sheet.

  POLLINATION SYSTEM CODES
1. __Sunflower______________ WI  BT  F-M  F-S  BE  (BU)  MO  (BI)  BA
Wildflower species  
Flower Descriptions Used:
radial, not tubular, yellow, fragrant
Proposed Pollination System:
bees and possibly butterflies
Possible Pollen Vectors Observed:
I saw one bee visit the flower

  Note: You must give all 4 flower descriptions used (symmetry, shape, color, and odor).
Note also that for flower color, you only have a few choices and you must use one of those choices (for example, if your flower is orange, you have to choose either yellow or red).
Note that being radial removes nothing. Not tubular crosses out MO and BA and puts parentheses around BU and BI.
Yellow crosses out WI, BT, F-M, F-S, MO, BA.
Fragrant crosses out WI and F-S and also now crosses out BI which used to be in parentheses.
So you are left with bees (not crossed out) and possibly (in parentheses) butterflies.
Note any insects, etc. that visited your flower species under possible pollen vectors observed.

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