Student Author Information

Ruth ElkinsFollow

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Chemistry

Abstract

Due to its rarity, little is known regarding which insects pollinate Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens, large yellow lady slipper orchids, and why they do so when offered no reward. Insect identification and fragrance composition data have been collected from two populations of large yellow lady slippers in Central Virginia for more than a decade. This research analyzed data in order to determine potential relationships between visiting insects and fragrance compositions of the orchid. The results of this research can be used to establish and protect populations of Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Nancy Cowden; Steve Burris; Priscilla Gannicott

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Making Scents: The Relationship Between Insect Visitors and Chemical Fragrance Composition of Cypripedium parviflorum var. Pubescens In Central Virginia.

Due to its rarity, little is known regarding which insects pollinate Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens, large yellow lady slipper orchids, and why they do so when offered no reward. Insect identification and fragrance composition data have been collected from two populations of large yellow lady slippers in Central Virginia for more than a decade. This research analyzed data in order to determine potential relationships between visiting insects and fragrance compositions of the orchid. The results of this research can be used to establish and protect populations of Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens.