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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Lion's Paw

We have these beautiful flowers in our front garden. Technically, they are succulents (like cacti) but they are ground covering, rather than upright. They grow in a strange 'finger' shape, hence the common name of lions claw.

The flowers open very wide in the sunshire, but close a little at night, although not completely.

Recently, I saw some bees inside them. Evidently, the nectar must be very deep inside. The bees climb so far in, that they almost disappear. I don't know if the nectar had fermented, because none of the bees seemed to fly straight when they emerged.

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