Ceropegia flower with fly-trapping hairs

Ceropegia flower with fly-trapping hairs

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Caption: Macrophotograph of the flowers of Ceropegia rupicola, which are specialised to act as traps for the flies which pollinate the plant. One of the flowers is cut away to reveal an array of downward- pointing hairs. These prevent the flies from climbing out of the flower tube after entry, holding them near the reproductive structures at the tube's base. The hairs later wither, allowing the flies to escape.

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Keywords: botany, ceropegia rupicola flower, flower, flowering, flowers, fly, insectivorous plant, nature, plant, plants, pollination

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