Flowers 2020

Leo in N E Illinois

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Wildflower, small and delicate, always thought it would make a great kusamono. Never succeeded in growing it. I am completely blanking on the name. It is thought it might be semi parasitic on roots or mycorrhizae of prairie grasses, especially prairie dropseed. In the foxglove family. Anyone recognize it? Color has a beautiful fluorescent blue highlight behind the pink that just doesn't come through in the phone photos.

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Wildflower, small and delicate, always thought it would make a great kusamono. Never succeeded in growing it. I am completely blanking on the name. It is thought it might be semi parasitic on roots or mycorrhizae of prairie grasses, especially prairie dropseed. In the foxglove family. Anyone recognize it? Color has a beautiful fluorescent blue highlight behind the pink that just doesn't come through in the phone photos.

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Slender false foxglove. Agalinis tenuifolia.

it is an annual. State endangered listed.
 
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This poor guy didn't open quite right. One of the sepals got bound up and didn't flare the way it should :(

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Oh well, it's still one of the most unusual blooms you'll ever find!

This is coryanthese macrantha. The flowers are pendulous...the orchid usually grows on the sides of trees way up in the canopy. The flower has a largish bowl on the bottom that fills up with water. The pollinator, a species of bee, is attracted to the flower, slips and falls into the bowl where the collected water prevents it from flying back out. The only way out is a small tunnel at the back of the flower. Some species even have a step to help the bee find the way out! When the bee climbs up through the tunnel, it picks up the pollen...which is all nicely held together in a waxy ball on a sticky string. The bee later falls into another flower. This time, when it climbs out, a little barb on the pistil hooks the ball of waxy pollen and pulls it off the bee!

Here's a picture of the bowl:

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It's too dry in my house for it to fill up appreciably. In the large picture below, you can see a water drop being excreted to fill it though.

And here's the flower from the back where you can see the caps over the pollen and the tunnel the bee has to find its way through: In this view, it's more obvious that the left sepal didn't unfurl properly. The flower should be symmetric from this view.

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The entire flower is about 5" across! This is the first time this particular plant has bloomed for me. The flowers only last 2-3 days.


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Here's a bonus pic of a coryanthese macrocorys I used to have back in the day. Same pollination mechanism. I miss that plant!

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It is now waratah season here.
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Snapdragons have been self seeding through the garden. This one has made itself at home on the steps
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Flowering cherry
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The earlier Dutch iris have finished but now the dark blues are flowering
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tall bearded iris are just starting to flower.
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and dogwoods are in full flower in gardens in my area this week.
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