• Jessica Pecush

Pollination @ The Calyx

"The Green Wall"

calyx - the usually green outer whorl of a flower consisting of separate or fused sepals[i]

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a SPECTACULAR site to see! Within this magical garden along the Sydney harbour, you'll find The Calyx (see image below)!

Transformed into a land of wonder and COLOUR, it presently houses a Pollination exhibit - a free, floral display where visitors may learn a wealth of information about the importance of pollination, how it occurs and how we may support the process moving forward.

Bees, and other pollinators, sustain the planet in a SIGNIFICANT way! The signage throughout the exhibit and the identification cards labelling the various plant species certainly painted the picture of how this vital life process occurs!

"COLOUR is the essential ingredient for pollination to occur!"

It was interesting to learn that the plants in this exhibit were strategically grouped together by colour, so as to illustrate attraction by pollinators.

A brilliantly-created bumblebee!

Pollination - "the process by which pollen is transferred

from the male to the female reproductive organs of a plant,

thereby enabling fertilization to take place and a seed to be produced"

Immaculate orchids FOR DAYS!

Pollinators are plentiful in Mother Nature!

Did you realize there are so many types of pollinators?

"Colour helps advertise there is pollen to be collected from the flower."

"Different colours are found attractive by different types of pollinators."

"Flowers use scent to attract pollinators as the smell indicates a

food source such as nectar."

"Bees can't see red - they perceive red flowers as an unappealing black.

Bees, instead, tend to prefer flowers of blue or lavender tones."

Plant adaptations that facilitate the pollinator being attracted to the flower...

French Lavender - lush and extravagant in both appearance and scent! Love it!

A first look at the Blue-Banded Bee!

It was interesting to learn about its vital role here in Australia!

"The Green Wall" - see description below! Brilliant!

The science behind the science! So impressive!

"Consider that 75% of the world's food crops depend, on at least in part, on pollination. 1 out of 3 bites of food we eat is thanks to an insect pollinator. However, 40% of invertebrate pollinator species, particularly bees and butterflies, face extinction - and 16% of vertebrate pollination are also under threat."


[I] Merriam-Webster. Definition of 'Calyx'. Retrieved November 30, 2017 from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calyx

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