Monday, 8 October 2012

Flightless parrots & burrowing bats helping to save rare parasitic Hades flower

Kakapo & short tailed bats are key pollinators
October 2012. Ancient dung from a cave in the South Island of New Zealand has revealed a previously unsuspected relationship between two of the country's most unusual threatened species.

Fossilised kakapo dung (coprolites) contained large amounts of pollen of a rare parasitic plant, dactylanthus (commonly known as "wood rose" or "Hades flower"), which lives underground and has no roots or leaves itself. Researchers from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) at the University of Adelaide and Landcare Research and the Department of Conservation in New Zealand report the discovery today in the journal Conservation Biology.

Continued:  http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/kakapo-pollinator.html

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