“Candy” flowers (kalmia latifolia – Mountain Laurel)


pink flowers

 

Kalmia Latifolia ( mountain laurel)
A flowering plant in the heather family, native to the eastern United States.
Mountain-laurel is the state flower of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
It is the namesake of the city of Laurel, Mississippi (founded 1882).

The plant is naturally found on rocky slopes and mountainous forest areas.

Kalmia latifolia is notable for its unusual method of dispensing its pollen.
As the flower grows, the filaments of its stamens are bent and brought into tension.
When an insect lands on the flower, the tension is released, catapulting the pollen
forcefully onto the insect.

See very interesting documentary about this plant on YouTube from natpodnan channel:

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