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".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, Mr. Ditchpatroller, these are equisite! Not sure I have ever seen one of these close up! Your photography is amazing. I really appreciate the descriptions and also your subtle, dry humour. :-)