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Trigger plant

Trigger plant
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Copyright: Odile Young (OPYphoto) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 37 W: 4 N: 117] (714)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-23
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 500D, Tamron SP 60 macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-01 0:02
Viewed: 1931
Points: 2
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There are more than 300 species of Trigger plants in Australia with some 50 species near Perth. The name derives from the pollination process which uses "a sensitive "trigger: the male and female reproductive organs are fused into a floral column that snaps forward quickly in response to touch, harmlessly covering the insect in pollen;' (Wikepedia).
I think this one is Stylidium schoenoides (Cowkick), shown here with its trigger (the reddish central part)at rest. The top 2 petals are characteristically bowed like a pair of cows horns. The flowers are about 2-3 cm in length, and the plant hardly reaches 20cm high.
This particular plant is the only one of this species I have found on my block, but it flowers every spring time. It is the largest Trigger plant I have seen so far, with other more abundant species being much smaller.

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To peter_stoeckl: Trigger plant - ThanksOPYphoto 1 02-21 19:33
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Hello Odile,
an eye-catching image, very attractive even from the distance by its bold diagonal composition, its well saturated colours, and - on the close look - by the precisely sharp presentation of a trigger plant's central details. With thanks, and best regards,

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