Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Bird of paradise flower is commonly known as a crane flower in South Africa. It is because of its resemblance to the bird of paradise. These pictures were taken in Cameron Highlands.
Each flower is made up of three upright orange sepals and three highly modified vivid blue petals. Two of the petals are joined together in a structure resembling an arrowhead with the third petal forming a nectary at the base of the flower. When a pollinator, usually a sunbird, lands on the arrowhead in search of nectar, the anthers are levered clear of the flower and deposit pollen on the breast of the bird. When the bird flies to another plant, this pollen is transferred to the stigma of the new flower.