At the ABS many insects appear to search for mates around blooming saw palmettos. Especially conspicuous are male Hymenoptera patrolling a series of inflorescences for females, including species of Tiphiidae, Scoliidae, Vespidae, Colletidae, Halictidae and Megachilidae.
Saw palmetto, Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small (Arecaceae) is an example of a common species whose copious production of nectar and pollen should make it an important node in a local ecological network.
To document the taxonomic diversity of insects supported by nectar and pollen of saw palmetto at a single site.
Saw palmetto is recognized as a foundation species (Takahashi et al.
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.