Western Dayflower   Leave a comment

Day Flower-3105 framed blogWestern Dayflower (Commelina dianthifolia) On Mt. Lemmon (August 2017) — Image by kenne

This deciduous perennial forb lacks nectar-producing glands, an adaptation that conserves energy. Still, the colorful pedals and prominent anthers and stamen lure sugar-hungry pollinators, whom inevitably  come up empty handed. However, this trait is enough to allow cross pollination to occur between flowers. Its habitat is mainly cooler regions ranging from 3000 to 10,000′ in elevation.

 

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