Orchids Make Fake Pollen to Tempt the Bees – But Scientists Discover it’s as Valuable as the Real Thing

Orchids Make Fake Pollen to Tempt the Bees – But Scientists Discover it’s as Valuable as the Real Thing

Unable to attract bees and other pollinators to its golden pollen, Cypripedium wardii, an orchid species native to Tibet and China, creates “fool’s gold” pollen, a sugary snack that entices insects among its petals whereby they become covered in real pollen. Pseudopollen, as it’s called, has been observed in orchids before, a species whose true pollen […]

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