Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor day

On my way to the cemetery my attention was arrested by swarms of bees buzzing about a flowering palm (Phoenix canariensis). The flowers that had fallen to the ground had only sepals, no petals and were tiny; a few of millimeters.

Apparently, these palms are dioecious, meaning each tree is either male or female but not both. Here's some information about the sex lives of Canary Island Palms. It seems that both males and females flower but only the female bears fruit. This tree stands with another so, perhaps it's a boy and a girl. I'll have to watch to see if fruit develops on either.

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