Monday, July 13, 2009

Bumblebee Hitching Post

Stanhopea inodora 'Point Loma' HCC/AOS. Huge, glossy, cream flowers with waxy lips that look like space ships. Really cool. inodora is not supposed to smell but I swear the greenhouse smelled like cinnamon first thing in the morning. Of course, with all the flowers, it's sometimes hard to find the culprit. These are pollinated by big 'ol bumblebees that squeeze up between the side lobes, carring the pollen away to the next flower. Ironically, the pollen is too big for the stigma (female surface) until it has dried off in the air for a few hours, generally resulting in cross pollination rather than self-pollination, keeping the gene pool more diverse.

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