The latest TTN video blog is up! In this video, we look at the flowers of arrowleaf ginger (Hexastylis arifolia), also known as the little brown jug. They are surprisingly cryptic, and completely fascinating! As it turns out, the flowers have a faint ginger smell to them, which attracts fungus gnats that pollinate them. Later, the seeds develop a fleshy protuberance that ants really like to eat. The ants carry off the seeds, eat the “fruit” attached to the seed, and abandon the seed to grow in a new location. This plant is amazing, using two very different kinds of insects to pollinate and disperse its seeds!
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