The abundance and long-term stability of individual saw palmettos suggests that this species should be a foundation species in flower visitor networks as well.
At the ABS many insects appear to search for mates around blooming saw palmettos.
A survey of the assortment of insects whose activities are fueled by nectar and pollen of saw palmetto flowers might illuminate part of a larger ecological network.
To document the taxonomic diversity of insects supported by nectar and pollen of saw palmetto at a single site.
Saw palmetto forms shrublike ground vegetation that covers large portions of the southeastern Coastal Plain, especially in flatwoods and prairie communities that have sandy soil and a seasonally high water table (Hilmon 1969).
Saw palmetto appears to require insect pollination, and there is some indication that cross-pollination increases fruit set (Carrington et al.
Saw palmetto occurs in 8 of the native plant associations, representing more than 10% cover in 5 of these (Abrahamson et al.
Insect flower visitors were collected from saw palmetto as part of a long-term survey of all flower visitors on flowers of all species in all habitats at the ABS.
Insects were observed on saw palmetto inflorescences to assess whether they were collecting floral resources, rather than utilizing the inflorescence in some other way, such as an observational perch.
Cold winds whipped the saw palmettos and whooshed through the sand pines.
The bushy "understory" is comprised of rough, drought-resistant plants like saw palmetto, rusty lyonia, and Florida rosemary, a strange round shrub with tiny brown flowers and needles like a Christmas tree.
A raccoon emerged from a tangle of saw palmetto, blinked and waddled off into the underbrush.