Malodorous flowers

Flower cut open to show trapped flies behind rim of hairs above dark anthers

Open Flower
group of plants before the flower opens


Up and down the hedge rows of Co. Cavan a little drama is enacted; The plant Arum Maculatum is imprisoning small insects in order to complete the reproductive cycle. The strange shaped flower rely on attracting insects that are looking for decaying material such as cow dung.. Once the insects travel down into the plant they are entrapped over night, by small downward facing hairs.The insect becomes covered with pollen. In the morning the hairs wither and the insects are released carrying the pollen to other plants


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2 Responses to Malodorous flowers

  1. liz christy says:

    I’m curious, any pics of this hedgerow plant?

  2. Heather did not know you are taking up flying!!!
    Looking forward to wildlife track discovery workshops for the next two weeks with you at Bear Essentials.

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