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Nectar [ Botany ]
Adjective: Nectariferous

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  A sugary liquid substance, secreted by plants in flowers and in various other organs to attract and reward pollinators.  
     


Glandulicactus wrightii

A drop of nectar secreted by an areolar gland (nectary.)

The nectar is a sugary exudate of various glands known as the nectaries. Nectaries are organs usually located within the base of the flower (floral nectaries) or on other portions of the plant (extrafloral nectaries)
Nectar attracts pollinators such as hummingbirds and insects, (particularly gathered by bees  who go from flower to flower sipping nectar for making honey) causing the pollination of the flowers. Plants which produce nectar secrete only small amounts at one time. This encourages many visits by many pollinators which in turn increases the possibility that the plant will be successfully fertilized.
Related arguments:
Nectar guide: Colour marks on flowers believed to direct insects to nectar sources
Nectaries: The organs of plants which secrete nectar.
Nectar plant: Plants which produce abundant nectar secrete.
Nectariferous: secreting nectar; plants or plant part containing nectar.
     

 

 

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