August 7, 2009
Night-Bloomer
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Here is a Mentzelia decapetala (yes, folks, it really does have ten petals as advertised, although 5 of them are probably staminodia masquerading as petals - like you care...). The blossoms open up around sundown and stay open until midnight. The literature speculates that pollinators include bees and even ants, though it seems that any self-respecting such bugs would be long in bed. I suspect moths.

Whatever, this one looks pretty ravaged by last night's mating frenzy, but she is ready for another go. Her sweet perfume is making me dizzy; I have a sudden longing for wings and funny fuzzy antennae.

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