• Celice Alexandre Silva Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso
  • Cristiane Forgiarini University of Regensburg, Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Simone Oliveira Cobra Universidade do estado de Mato Grosso
  • Mara Silvia Abdo Universidade do estado de Mato Grosso



floral movement, herkogamy, pollination, Pantanal


In plant species, the movement of reproductive structures can be an adaptive advantage in mating system studies. This phenomenon can promote outcrossing or cause a reduction in intrafloral male-female sexual interference. Consequently, this contributes to the avoidance of self-pollination and/or delayed autonomous self-pollination. The aim of this short communication is to report the results of assessments done in two natural populations of a native species from central-west Brazil that grows spontaneously and sub-spontaneously in opening and ruderal areas of Pantanal. In this study, the movement of the stigma was recorded throughout floral anthesis, and the mating system was determined. Floral measurements such as: flower opening time, pollen viability and the period that the stigma was receptive were also reported. The formation of fruits by spontaneous self-pollination and cross-pollination reinforces the hypothesis that stylar movement in Talinum fruticosum can facilitate or hinder self-pollination in some situations.

Author Biography

Celice Alexandre Silva, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso

Laboratório de Botânica


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