A mystery solved, sort of - Sternbergia colchiciflora

JohnRCrellin jrc@crellin.org.uk
Fri, 02 Feb 2007 09:12:35 PST
Isn't this similar to (or even identical) to cleistogamous flowering in some
dicots ? eg our UK Wood Sorrel that rarely sets seed from the flowers in the
spring but does from later flowers that never open. Some labiates do it as
well and also I think some grasses.

I am sure I have heard in the case of the Sorrel that there are no
pollinators for the flowers in the UK so this strategy might be a "backup
strategy" if no pollinating insect is available.

The same lack of pollinators occurs with the Bee Orchid here - but luckily
they have not given up flowering properly!

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