Sex Trap – Pitcher Plant Flowers

 

 

You see what a bee sees upon entering a Sarracenia flower: a pig wallow of pollen! A simple head push to enter, lift the petal, and its abdomen drags across seed setting magic yellow powder. Petals visually block the entrance once inside (a trick Sarracenia minor repeats with clear windows to trap food in their leaf traps). The “exit sign” is a slot of bright light between the petals, conveniently right above a receptive stigma, located on top of the small “v” notch of the green modified pistil. Viola!

Yellow anthers (above), light yellow pollen piles (below), tiny receptive stigma (at upper surface of the small "v" notch where bees exit after harvesting pollen)

Yellow anthers (above), light yellow pollen piles (below), tiny receptive stigma (at upper surface of the small “v” notch where bees exit after harvesting pollen)