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Name: Julia Y.
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Date: 3/26/2004


Question:
Hi!

I have a question that I want to ask a scientist

Q: A flower bud is found to be hanging close to the ground, up-side down which is very unusual. Often you would normally find them placed at such a position that they are well exposed and open so pollinating agents can easily visit. What is the reason for that?


Replies:
Different plant species have flowers in different positions for either different pollinators, or different mechanisms of pollination such as wind dispersal and so on. Pollinators vary from ants to bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, and so on. What type of flower are you asking about?

The following might be helpful:

http://koning.ecsu.ctstateu.edu/Plants_Human/pollenadapt.html

Anthony Brach Ph.D.


A flower in that position is probably not as unusual as you think, its just that we don't often look for flowers that are somewhat hidden. Those flowers typically attract ground dwelling or low flying insects like beetles and flies, often by odor rather than color.

J. Elliott



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