Weekend Riddle, 20.9.2019

22 Sep

 in the picture you can see the magnificent flowers of Pancratium maritimum. The Pancratium has big white flowers with intense fragrance.
and our riddle is: why does the Pancratium maritimum have such big bright flowers and intense smell?


Weekend Riddle’s Solution:

the Pancratium maritimum is trying to attract pollinators – night-hovering moths. as it is harder to spot the flowers at night, the Pancratium attracts the pollinator using the scent, and its flower is big and bright and can be seen even in the darkness. the Lilium candidum, the Madonna Lily, uses the same strategy: it also has big white flowers and wonderful smell.

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