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Pollination ecology

Although some Persoonia species can produce selfed fruits, many species produce more fruits when flowers are cross-pollinated.

Persoonia species are mostly pollinated by bees. The most commonly observed visitors to the flowers are native bees of the Leioproctus genus.

These bees are solitary foragers with some key anatomical features that make them specialists for Persoonia pollination and foraging for floral resources. Features include a flattened head that allows the bee to get to the base of the Persoonia flower where the nectar is, and spines on the legs of females which allow them to rake up pollen. The European honeybee (Apis mellifera) is also commonly observed on Persoonia, but it’s unknown how important the honeybee is for successful pollination.

See what pollinates Persoonia