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Bee flying towards a Cape jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) flower

Researchers explain the expression of self-pollinating flowers

By | Botany, News, Plant Science

People often thing of flowers as a bright and showy splash of contrasting colors. But some plant species actually produce two types of flowers: normal ones with a colorful appearance, and “runts” that are small, never open. Why do some plants produce small and unattractive flowers? Two researchers think they’ve figured out why, supporting a hypothesis dating back 150 years to Charles Darwin.

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