Wordless Wednesday – Dripping red nectar

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This curiosity is Nesocodon mauritianus. It was the first ever plant discovered to have flowers with coloured nectar.

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An example hangs in the glasshouse at Cambridge Botanics (hopefully not dripping on visitors!)

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Originally thought to be pollinated by birds, it turns out to use thirsty geckos as its preferred pollinator!

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6 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Dripping red nectar

  1. susurrus says:

    I don’t fancy a gecko’s chances of getting up to this one!

  2. Brian Skeys says:

    The way nature works together never seaces to amaze me.

  3. Every new detail I learn over the years about nature makes our complex world endlessly fascinating. Also, I really enjoy your monthly foraging updates (on the side). Thank you.

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