Australian flora and fauna, gardening, biological sciences and related joys.
Friday, October 27, 2006
This clever little flower (only around 7mm in length) is from a trigger plant, Stylidium productum, local to the Sydney region.
The column extending from the centre of the flower to the right is a fusion of two stamens with the style. When an insect lands on the flower, the column is triggered and flicks across the insect. It can be reset a number of times.