A flower of Hemitomes seen from above. The large yellow stigma is conspicuous. The very hairy nature of the inside surfaces of the petals is also evident. Why such a hairy flower? The hairs might keep small insects from climbing down into their flower and robbing the nectar. In that case, we would expect Hemitomes flowers to be pollinated by a long-tongued insect like a moth. The tongue of a moth could reach through the hairs down to the nectar at the bottom of the flower.
Items posted on the Botanical Society of America's website by the author/creator are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. We value sharing, growing and learning together. In the spirit of fairness, we believe in the attribution of materials and ensuring the appropriate voices are in place when considering further use.