Pollen Clouds in Epiphyllum Flowers

 

Today the Salmon Epi’s are blooming. I wonder what pollinates this plant. Anthers thrust the pollen out far, as if to tickle the tummy of a bat or bird. The 9 pronged stigma sits out in air ready to catch the pollen dust off the same visitor, at what I imagine would be chest level.

Pollen laden anthers form a cloud at the center of the flower, and surround the stigma.

Pollen laden anthers form a cloud at the center of the flower, and surround the stigma.