This photo was taken at a private farm in Caguas, Puerto Rico. It is the first of two photos related to the jade vine. Puerto Rico is a beautiful Caribbean island. The photo show a jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) inflorescence. One of the most beautiful flowers in the world which unfortunately is now threatened in its native habitat (Philippines). The bats are supposed to be the natural pollinators, but in my farm there appear to be other helpers in this process. During the flowering period from march to july, the bees visit the flowers in search of nectar. They are aggressive in their goal and sometimes split apart the flower exposing its reproductive material as can be seen in the photo. Sometimes they got trapped in the flower and die. Pollination has been a success in this farm.
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