Things I am grateful for #16

Birds of Paradise.

Or, Strelitzia, to give them their botanical name.

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They are native to South Africa and got their name from their resemblance to the actual Bird of Paradise.

Apart from being so beautiful and surreal, they are an incredible feat of nature-engineering.

What’s really clever about them is that when Sunbirds perch on the spathe, (that’s the sheath that looks like the beak), the weight of the bird triggers it to open and deposits pollen on the bird’s feet. So when it flies to another flower… well, you get the gist.

How cool is Mother Nature?

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4 responses to “Things I am grateful for #16

  1. Pingback: Coastal bird count, from Europe to South Africa | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. I used to have one growing near my front door, it grew enormous and I would pick bunches of them for visitors as they would leave. The colour is amazingly beautiful. Nice memories.

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