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|Helianthus or sunflowers is a genus of plants comprising about 70 species in the family Asteraceae. The genus is one of many in the Asteraceae that are known as sunflowers. Except for three species in South America, all Helianthus species are native to North America. The common name, "sunflower," also applies to the popular annual species Helianthus annuus, the common sunflower. This and other species, notably Jerusalem artichoke (H. tuberosus), are cultivated in temperate regions as food crops and ornamental plants.|
The domesticated sunflower, H. annuus, is the most familiar species. Perennial sunflower species are not as popular for gardens due to their tendency to spread rapidly and become invasive. Whorled sunflowers, H. verticillatus, were listed as an endangered species in 2014 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule protecting it under the Endangered Species Act. The primary threats are industrial forestry and pine plantations in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. They grow to six feet tall and are primarily found in woodlands, adjacent to creeks and moist, prairie-like areas.
Pollination is the process by which pollen is transferred to the female reproductive organs of a plant, thereby enabling fertilization to take place. Like all living organisms, seed plants have a single major goal: to pass their genetic information on to the next generation. The reproductive unit is the seed, and pollination is an essential step in the production of seeds in all spermatophytes (seed plants).
Bee is a medium for pollination of flowers. They take the important role of transportation of the pollen grain from anther (male part of the flower) to stigma (female part of the flower).
Whereas bees collect the honey from the flowers for their future generation.
So both of them is kind of dependent upon each other. This is the fundamental of the NATURE, no one can survive all alone.
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- [2016-05-27 12:25]
Hi Suprasanna,a beautiful pic talking about the importance of pollination! Just a small bee in the big sunflower,but this is a symbol of the life cycle.I like a lot the perspective and the impressive sharpness too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano