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Pick the Pollinator

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Violet

Common blue violet: common blue violet
The common blue violet will sometimes form tiny, inconspicuous flowers that look simply like buds that haven't bloomed. These flowers are being pollinated, but through self-pollination! The pollen travels from the stamen down into the flower's own ovary. In the instances at left, the violet flowers gain the benefits of genetic diversity via insect pollination as well as of being able to grow outside of insect pollinators' range via self-pollination. Note the seeds in the self-pollinating "bud."


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