In our area, the Round-lobed Hepatica's flowers are one of the earliest beauties of spring.
|Hepatica looking toward the sun.|
The Secrets of Wildflowers: A Delightful Feast of Little-Known Facts, Folklore, and History)
|Hepatica's Hairy Stems|
This does make sense though, as the hairs do make quite an obstacle course for ants raiding the flowers prematurely. Also, I can believe the hairs could provide some kind of insulating boundary layer.
Ah, spring! The parade of creative masterpieces is just beginning.
Things are looking up!
More to explore:
- The book, The Secrets of Wildflowers: A Delightful Feast of Little-Known Facts, Folklore, and History is a great addition to the nature lover's library.
- A research paper entitled Myrmecochorous plants use chemical mimicry to cheat seed-dispersing ants.