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little closer... Don't I look attractive?
Darlingtonia is an early bloomer in the northern California habitats.
Flowering starts in early May, when a majority of other flora in the mountain
forest have not reached full blossom yet. Sensing the limited pollinator
resource in the environ, the cobra plants seem to be attempting to outrun the
competition. At the height of Darlingtonia blossom, the other flowers are
rare. Bees and other flying insects are common in the air. Yet, few insects seem
to show any interest in these dazzlingly colorful, eerie-looking inflorescences,
standing silently in the gentle breeze of the spring. Blossom in
northern California. June, 2004.