pbs Digest, Vol 31, Issue 21

John Bryan johnbryan@worldnet.att.net
Sun, 21 Aug 2005 09:13:50 PDT
Dear Dennis:

Thank you for your e-mail, I would presume that subirds visit Crocosmia
in their native habitat. I find it surprising that not much has been
written about birds and bulb flowers in the USA. Cheers, John E. Bryan

Dennis Szeszko wrote:
> John:
> Here in Mexico there is one cormous plant that definitely attracts
> hummingbirds...Bessera elegans.  The flowers evolved to be pollinated
> by hummingbirds and show various characteristics of hummingbird
> pollinated flowers:
> 1) Pendant flowers
> 2) A relatively tall scape/inflorescence
> 3) Reddish coloration
> 4) Protruding stigma and anthers
> I've never checked to see if Bessera elegans produces nectar, but I
> would imagine that it does.
> I've also seen hummingbirds visiting Crosomia hybrids, but this is
> something totally unnatural because hummingbirds only inhabit the
> western hemisphere, and Crocosmia is a South African genus.  It took
> human intervention to get these two together.
> -Dennis
> >
> > Dear All:
> >
> > For quite a while now, I have had a lot of pleasure in watching birds at
> > the various bird feeders in my garden. I have noticed Humming Birds
> > visiting red hybrid Gladiolus, but have not seen (noticed) any birds
> > paying attention to flowers from other bulbs.
> >
> > Have any of you noticed birds paying attention or attracted to other
> > flowering bulbs? I have not read nor found articles or mention about
> > this subject, but feel there must be some species that will attract
> > birds. Any comments? Cheers, John E. Bryan
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