How will the flowering pattern of plants affected by climate change?



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    Depending on their geographies, some plants will bloom earlier, others will bloom later. In the American Southwest, several flowering shrubs (including honeysuckle and lilac) have been blooming later and later in the spring. This change in their phenology (their life cycle in relation to seasonal changes) will impact the other organisms that interact with them. 

    Climate change is also affecting the phenologies of important pollinators like honeybees. Some pollinators and their host plants have co-evolved to greet spring simultaneously, so that each party can feed or reproduce. This timing is thrown off when one species remains dormant longer.

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