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Pollinated by insects.

en′to·moph′i·ly n.


(Botany) (of flowering plants) pollinated by insects. Compare anemophilous
ˌentoˈmophily n


(ˌɛn təˈmɒf ə ləs)

pollinated by insects.
en`to•moph′i•ly, n.
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Adj.1.entomophilous - of flowering plants (especially orchids etc) that are pollinated by insects
anemophilous - of flowering plants (especially grasses etc) that are pollinated by the wind
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Although all gymnosperm pollination was thought to be anemophilous (i.e., wind pollinated), pollination of cycads by insects (entomophily) has been reported widely (Stevenson et al., 1998) and proven experimentally in seven out of 10 extant genera: Bowenia, Cycas, Encephalartos Lepidozamia, Macrozamia, Stangeria and Zamia (Xaba, 2014).
The flowering of the entomophily and self-incompatible flowers in the late dry and the early wet season makes it an important and unique food resource for pollinators as well as for nectar sucking animals (Almeida et al., 2011; Machado et al., 1997; Nadia et al., 2007).
These mechanisms include protogyny, chasmogamy, heterostyly, self-incompatibility, self-sterility, entomophily, anemophily, and hydrophily.
Dioecy has been associated with fleshy fruits and animal dispersal (Bawa 1980, Givnish 1980, 1982, Flores and Schemske 1984, Muenchow 1987), entomophily (Bawa and Opler 1975, Bawa 1980, Bawa and Beach 1981, Beach 1981) and anemophily (Conn et al.