Pollination in Cymbidium pendulum (Roxb.) Sw. Orchidaceae)
Verma Jagdeep*, Thakur Kranti, Sembi Jaspreet K.1, Attri Lucky K., Kant Ravi, Vij S. P.2
Department of Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh-160014, India
1Department of Biotectnology, SUSCET, Tangori-140306 (Punjab), India
2Department of Botany, Dolphin P. G. College of Life Sciences, Chunni-Kalan, Fatehgarh Sahib (Punjab), India
Present Address: Department of Botany, Shoolini Institute of Life Sciences and Business Management, Solan-173212 (H. P.), India
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Mechanism and success of pollination is described in Cymbidium pendulum (Roxb.) Sw., a highly priced ornamental orchid enlisted in Appendix II of CITES. The species was found strictly entomophilous and workers of 2 honey bee species (Apis cerana, A. mellifera) acted as effective pollinating agents. Insects carry the pollen packets (pollinia) on their back and during random visits to different flowers, deposit the same to stigma. Allogamy was the most prevalent pollination mode and successful pollination was recorded in 8.49 percent flowers.