30 April 2008

Spring Beauty

This flower has few slender leaves that grow in pairs midway up the stem. It usually has 5 pink or white petals with dark pink veins. As many as 15 flowers can grow on a stalk and usually the lower flowers appear first. The spring beauty is eaten by deer because the roots are edible. This plant is very interesting to geneticists because it has an inconsistent amount of chromosomes. 72 different species of insects pollinate this flower.

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