Austin Alcove West: Darlingtonia californica

The flowers of Darlingtonia are often overlooked by those with a somewhat dull artistic palate. Fortunately, The Artist has captured photographs of such beauty that we are forced to quiver with appreciation! And as a pleasant lagniappe, The Artist gives you a photographic sequence showing Darlingtonia being visited and probably pollinated by the European honeybee--not to be mistaken for its usual pollinator, which is probably a lovely andrenid bee.

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February 2012