Tuesday, August 14, 2012

ABC Wednesday: E is for Eeew

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A Aristolochia grandiflora flower, also called Pelican Flower of Dutchman's Pipe.

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It's quite beautiful, so why eew? Because it has a distinct carrion scent that attracts insects like flies or beetles. The smell is very noticeable and not all that pleasant.

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The insects walk into the flower and become trapped there for a day. On the first day, the flower is ready to be pollinated and on the second day, it deposits pollen on its unwilling guests who are then let go. To do that, the flower moves into a more horizontal position.

Photos were taken at Burgers Zoo, Arnhem. See what else E stands for at ABC Wednesday

Sources:
German Wikipedia
Uni Kiel
Gardening With Wilson

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