Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lythrum salicaria

People love flowers because of their fragrance and their beauty but flowers are an integral part of the web of life here on planet earth. It is the fragrance and beauty of the flowers that draw in the insects in search of nectar They in turn carry the pollen from flower to flower pollinating the plants which produces new seeds that help the plants to propagate. The plants help to maintain the balance of life converting carbon dioxide into the oxygen which we all breathe.
This is the flower of the Lythrum salicaria or purple loosestrife. It is considered a noxious weed here where I live. It is very good at propagating, one plant can produce over a million seeds, and often crowds out native plants. It was originally a native of Eurasia but I photographed this plant at Purgatory Creek.

8 comments:

ladyfi said...

So beautiful to see the collaboration between bee and flower.

Denise said...

Great post to read and your photos are always wonderful.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Really very nice macro shots. It is something I do a lot of every summer.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my blogging buddies...

Patty, and Abe Lincoln
Brookville, Ohio

Lui said...

Great shots as usual!
Btw, your TF link does not work. You might want to retype it so people can visit this post.

Modern Mom said...

Amazing shots! Love the pretty flowers.

Mine is here.

lotusleaf said...

Great post. I have not seen this flower in India, although I have lived in different parts of India.

Judy said...

Too bad about how many seeds it produces, but the bees have certainly taken to purple loosestrife! And the sight of a great swathe of it is beautiful!

Greengishi said...

just beautiful.. great capture of the bee.