Sunday, July 12, 2009

Ant on Meyer Lemon Bloom

So this is how blooms turn into lemons! The ant is gathering sweet nectar to take back to the nest and in so doing he spreads the pollen grains that fertilize the flower. Just to the left of the ant you can see where a bloom has been fertilized and fallen, the lemon (small green thing hardly swelling yet) is beginning to form at the base of the stamen.

I breathe deeply when I walk by this fragrant little tree.  Come on little ants, I want lots of lemons...I have 9 so and many blooms have opened this week.

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