Most events are unsayable, and occur in a space that no words have ever penetrated."
Rainer Maria Rilke ✨
Woke up today to the sun and the snow and a whole lot of gratitude to live in such a safe and beautiful place.
Happy Sunday lovelies! 🌻
Henderson’s Shooting Star, Primula (Dodecatheon) hendersonii. If you’ve been out hiking in the Bay Area’s oak woodlands the last few weeks, it’s likely you may have come across the small, but beautiful wildflower called ‘Shooting Star’. They are one of many species in a group of wildflowers that have this striking flower morphology in which the petals are highly reflexed (pointed backwards) and the stamens (black in this species) hang pendant. This unique morphology is the result of a coevolutionary relationship with bees in which they are pollinated by a fascinating biomechanical process known as ‘buzz pollination’. The process of buzz pollination begins when a solitary bee flies directly beneath the flower, positioning itself below the flower’s stamens. The bee then generates a specific frequency of buzzing using its flight muscles, causing the flower to vibrate and the anthers (which contain pollen) to open up, dislodging the pollen onto the bee. If you want to try this yourself, you can actually replicate this process using a tuning fork! As far as we know, honeybees are incapable of buzz pollination so it is only our native bees have the capability to pollinate these flowers. Keep an eye out for these in the field. They’re a great early season wildflower and if your lucky you may even see buzz pollination in action!