Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Giving You a Laurel

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) blossom.

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) blossom.

Factoid:  Kalmia latifolia is notable for its unusual method of dispensing its pollen. As the flower grows, the filaments of its stamens are bent and brought into tension. When an insect lands on the flower, the tension is released, catapulting the pollen forcefully onto the insect. Experiments have shown the flower capable of flinging its pollen up to 15 cm. (from Wikipedia).

1 comment:

LJL said...

I'll take this as for me as it's my favorite flower. Thank you.