Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society
It is generally recognized that lychees are pollinated by insects, and brief reports have indicated that adequate numbers of honey bees in lychee plantings will be helpful in assuring an adequate fruit set (1). Khan (2), studying lychee pollination and fruit formation, states that "pollination from another flower, either of the same plant or of a different plant, is in evitable in the litchi plant." He observed "large numbers of many different insects" visiting the blossoms, but did not identify them or correlate their activity to total fruit production. Singh and Singh (3) list without discussion or additional notes eleven species of insects "found visiting the flowers" of lychee. However, detailed reports of the different insects actively involved in lychee pollination have not been found.
Butcher, F. Gray, "Pollinating Insects on Lychee Blossoms" (1957). Bu. Paper 44.
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