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Darlingtonia pollination studies in 2006

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Early Spring:
The first Darlingtonia flowers emerge early in the year, when snow is still present in melting patches here and there, and the roads are still only barely passable. Notice how the salmon glow of the petals penetrates the greens sepals still in bud, and how the flower stalk has a reddish blush. This red pigment (anthocyanin) has been hypothesized by some as being a sunscreen--very useful at this high-elevation site!

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Revised: October 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005