Thursday, June 12, 2008
Showy and spring loaded
The flowers grow in large clusters that are pretty spectacular and often weigh down the branches. Each of the 10 stamens is "spring loaded" and fits in a notch in the petal. When a bee or insect visits the flower, he "trips" the spring, ejecting pollen into the air and all over the bee which he spreads to the next flower. The stamen in the 9 o'clock position here has been "tripped".