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    BEES, BEES, BEES.......... A Video

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    Post by Joy on Fri 14 Dec 2012, 5:16 pm

    The latest short-lasting flowering of our beautiful echinopsis seminudus flowers attracted the usual large numbers of bees. How they discover these fragrant flowers, so quickly, is a mystery. The flowers start to close within an hour of the bees leaving & these ones were fully closed by 11am.

    Another mystery is why these plants need to attract pollinators, at all, as they do not set seed. They use a huge amount of energy in growing these flowers, which are larger than the plants, & their equally big stems. The interior of the large flower stem is reabsorbed by the plant. When it is completely withered up, it drops off & there is absolutely no sign of there ever having been a flower.

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    Post by granny on Sun 16 Dec 2012, 5:32 am

    :hi: Love the bees! (So jealous of your green thumb and ability with a camera.) ;) Granny
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    Post by Joy on Sun 16 Dec 2012, 7:25 am

    :lol2: Thank you Granny. So glad you enjoyed the video. :D

    One thing I do wonder about is what the honey, made from the nectar & pollen of the echinopsis seminudus, would taste like. If the fragrance of these flowers is anything to go by it would be beautiful. Of course, though, it would be mixed up with the pollen & nectar of other flowers. :smile:

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