As a primary means of plant reproduction, animal pollinators play a key role in sustaining both native and agricultural ecosystems. Consequently, reintroduction of rare plants into natural landscapes relies critically on the availability of pollen vectors.
To aid conservation practitioners in the identifying pollen vectors of rare plants, the Center for Plant Conservation has compiled a database of plant-pollinator interactions, through funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This database contains plant-pollinator pairs from the grey and academic literature, complete with links pollinator references where possible. To date, we have identified pollinators for over 400 endangered plant species in the CPC national collection, and we have also documented pollinators for additional 1000 plants species closely related to the rare plants in our collection.
*This pollinator database is still a work in progress, so while it is available for download, researchers may use at their own risk.
Suggested Citation: Center for Plant Conservation. 2017. CPC National Collection Rare Plant Database. [Download Date]