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Posts tagged pollination

November 20, 2013

 

Photo of a garden full of orange and pink roses.

Flower Power

Long used in courtship rituals, sweet smelling flowers developed their fragrances to attract insects.

July 16, 2013

 

assorted insects on a white board

A World Without Insects

A world without them might not be as nice as we might think...

March 12, 2009

 

Natural artificial yellow flower

Natural Artificial Flowers

There's nothing more artificial than artificial flowers, right? But what about natural, artificial flowers?

February 12, 2008

 

Cycad Tree in the Light

Odors That Push and Pull Pollinators

Ever notice how a little cologne can be attractive, but too much is totally repellent? That principle is used by cycads, an ancient type of cone-bearing tree.

December 5, 2007

 

Platanthera Yosemitensis in the Wild

Stinky Orchid

Have you ever been walking in the woods and noticed the smell of sweaty feet? Find out more on this Moment of Science.

November 19, 2007

 

Fresh Fig Split Open

Figs and Agaonid Wasps

Have you heard the urban legend that the little crunchy seeds in figs are really wasp eggs?

January 5, 2006

 

bunchberry_dogwood

The Fastest Plant

What reigns among the fastest moving things on Earth? Light, of course. Bullets and rocketships. High-speed trains. What about plants?

September 27, 2003

 

Flower Power

The natural fragrance of flowers counts among the simpler pleasures in life.The delicate aroma of a rose in bloom is something that does not require explanation; we enjoy it simply and intuitively.

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