Photo by Jaymi Heimbuch
There are over 250,000 species of flowering plants. While some can rely on self-pollination, many rely on a wide range of other animals and insects to pollinate them so that they can reproduce. What's amazing is the level of evolutionary prowess that flowering plants have put into attracting exactly the type of pollinators they need. Jonathan Drori gave a fascinating and beautiful TED talk about the crazy, cool, and curious strategies flowers employ. Watch after the jump.
A major problem for flowers, of course, is the distressing decline of pollinators across the globe due to habitat loss, biodiversity loss, and the hiking up of global temperatures. Attracting insects, bats, birds and other animals is getting a lot harder, even for these innovative plants.
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