We were out in the mountains driving along a dirt road when I saw a shaft of sunlight illuminating these Fringed Polygalas.
It was fortunate that I stopped to take some pictures, because one of the Fringed Polygala had two flowers which
nicely illustrated their pollinator-punching action. The flower on the left is all set and ready to plunk some pollen on the belly of a bee when it lands on the inviting landing pad. The flower on the right has already bopped a bee, as evidenced by the lowered landing pad (the purple fringes) and the exposed pollen applicator.
Gaywings, Part I an introduction to the Fringed Polygala, or Gaywings, as many people call them.
Gaywings, Part II about Fringed Polygala's ingenious pollination system.
Gaywings, Part III about Fringed Polygala's underground flowers.