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how do plants flirt?

how do plants flirt?

Reproduction is the ultimate survival strategy; ‘If I am no longer here, at least my genes will carry on’. Reproduction is a game of seduction and connection. In the plant kingdom, this game translates in the most amazing colours, exquisite fragrances and occasionally in the most ingenious methods. Not to attract the other half, but to attract pollinators (insects) as they are the cupids in plant life.

Nothing is what it seems

Orchids

Orchids are the masters of deception when it comes to seduction. Orchids have developed various strategies to trick pollinators into transferring pollen from one flower to another. They use shape, colour and fragrance in different ways to fool their pollinators. Often, they look like a source of food but actually contain no nectar. While only the inexperienced pollinators fall for this, it is still highly effective. Sometimes a flower even looks like another insect, insinuating a chance to mate, and so  attracting the pollinator.

Hold the night – Victoria waterlilly

There are more night bloomers in the plant world, but the Amazone waterlilly is probably one of the most appealing ones. The flowers of the lilly ‘bloom’ twice, in two different colours. On the first evening the flower is white and produces a delicious fragrance to specifically attract beetles. Inside the flower it is safe and warm and the beetles can have their fill of edible pollen. The flower closes in the morning and the beetles are trapped.  On the second evening the flower opens once more, this time it is pink and as the beetles exit the flower they are covered in pollen. This pollen is ttaken allong on their visit to the next white flower.

colour the orchids

Orchids come in all kind of colours.
Give this orchid a colour you like.

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colour the Giant water lily

After two nights of  flowering, the Victoria flower turns pink.
Colour the flower with pink pencils.

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