Babiana ringens question
Sun, 20 Mar 2011 17:44:07 PDT
Hi John,

That's its amazing bird perch, it's evolved a non flowering stem that allows sunbirds to pollinate the flower while keeping watch for predators.  I use it as a fascinating example of evolution in my classes to show how flowers coevolve with their pollinators.  
A beautiful and most interesting plant.

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From: John Wickham <>
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Sent: Sun, Mar 20, 2011 6:33 pm
Subject: [pbs] Babiana ringens question

What is that crazy structure that's coming up above the flowers on my Babiana 
ingens? This is my first year with a bloom and I didn't expect that. What a 
ild plant.
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