Beautiful birds !

Townsville, Australia

Some plants try to imitate the birds. This one is found in mountainous regions of northern Thailand.

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Townsville, Australia

This is one from South Africa, known as the Canary bush.

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Townsville, Australia

And lastly our own. It,s common name is Rattle Pod because the seed is not released until wet. Bob.

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Colton, CA(Zone 8b)

SpeciesNut,

Amazing photos. Not only beautiful but informative. NOW you owe us an explanation, or at least your theory, as to why these blooms imitate birds. Surly they don't hope to attract them as mates or some such thing.

Can't wait to hear what you know about this.

Plumiedelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

CERTAIN BEAK SHAPES ARE REQUIRED FOR POLLINATION
oops sorry caps lok
The first is a parrot flower, unbelievable!

Valrico, FL(Zone 9b)

Regarding the Parrot Flower, and hopefully before this thread leads people to add it to their want, trade, buy list, this is a protected plant, and the only way for you to view it is essentially an escorted trip in Thailand. Exportation carries heavy penalties.

While the flower is nice, the plant it flowers on is horrid.

Good info on this plant: http://www.exoticrainforest.com/Rare%20Thailand%20Parrot%20Flower%20buy%20one%20SP.html

Townsville, Australia

Not too sure about the colors but the top fused petal keeps them dry as the Crotalarias have copious amounts of a very sweet nectar
pooled in the "body" of the flower. Here they are pollenated by several species of small bird.
Bob.

Plumiedelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

Chris I want one ;p

Valrico, FL(Zone 9b)

@#$&^%$$&@# at Maelstrom

Plumiedelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

Thats fine
I feel more at home now ;p
So when am I gettting it? hhahahaha

Valrico, FL(Zone 9b)

I'll tell you what. I'll bring you with me on my next trip to Thailand, and we'll slip one in tyour suitcase before we go through customs.

Sound good?

:-)

Chris

Plumiedelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

Im my pants maybe lol!!
The vids are up man

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