Surprising Facts about Flower Pollination

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Sherwin Carlquist

Location: Courtyard and Blaksley Library

Members: Wine & Cheese @ $25.00
Nonmember: Wine & Cheese @ $35.00

We take note of flower colors and sizes, but these patterns are just signals of how particular flowers are adapted for pollination by bees, beetles, flies, birds, butterflies, moths, and wind.

picture of Tegeticula pollination of Yucca flowers

What do pollinators gain from these interactions?  Plants expend a lot of energy producing flowers, do they benefit to an equivalent degree?  Why are there so many flowers that self-pollinate: isn't this a counter-productive strategy?  We'll cover peculiar examples (many from the California flora) such as desert annuals, yucca flowers, and much more, with some amazing photos....!

 

Picture of Sherwin Carlquist in the FieldSherwin Carlquist earned his BA, and  Ph.D., from the University of California. He was professor for 37 years at Pomona College and the Claremont Colleges (affiliated with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden). He retired to Santa Barbara 21 years ago, and now does research at SBBG.  He is the author of 330 papers and 7 scientific books.

 

 

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