Nyctinasty

Mike Folsom mwfolsom at hydra.unm.edu
Mon Jun 8 21:49:10 EST 1992


In article <1992Jun6.215321.7477 at doc.ic.ac.uk> ajt at puffin.doc.ic.ac.uk (Tony Travis) writes:
>I studied stomatal movements in plants for many years and I can see a
>clear advantage to a plant in being able to control its water use
>efficiency but I'm puzzled by other nastic responses.
>
>What is the selective advantage to plants of nyctinasty (sleep
>movements) which closes flowers in the evening?
>

Prehaps its an isolation mechanism - something to limit which
insects (or whatever) pollinate the plant.  

Michael

       I've been told to keep my remarks relatively brief.
                     I understand Quayle-hunting season begins at noon.

                                       -- V. P. Dan Quayle at Eau Claire, Wisc.
                                                    (LA Times  10/16/88)
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