Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica). This flower is always a challenge to photograph because of its shiny petals. Something I didn't know is that the seeds of this plant have a coating called an elaiosome, which is rich in lipids and proteins. Ants feed the elaiosome to their larvae and then dispose of the remaining seed, thus helping to disperse the plant.

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