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Wind is considered a significant pollination agent for remote island floras (Carlquist, 1966; Whitehead, 1969, 1983; Regal, 1982; Barrett, 1998), with anemophily characterizing significant percentages of species in island floras (Thornton, 1971; Carlquist, 1974; Ehrendorfer, 1979).
For a portion of the flora, anemophily is not a surprise, given the condition among presumed ancestors.
For another portion of the flora, anemophily is not so clearly expected.
Anemophily is the "poor relation" of pollination biology; more is known about insect pollination of old-field and alpine-meadow herbs than about wind pollination of the trees, shrubs, and graminoids that dominate vegetation in most of the temperate and boreal regions.