Photographed in Rackensack Canyon, New River Mts., Maricopa Co., Arizona. May 2009.
FLOWERS: Abundant and showy deep purple-blue flowers with five, yellow stamens appear in
mid to late spring (mostly April & May). The yellow stamens visible in the
photograph are shaped like tall narrow vases with pore openings at the apex. Specialized bees
access the pollen by ‘buzzing’ and thus vigorously shaking the
vases. The pollen grains bounce out of the top pores and are gathered on the
setae (insect hairs) of the bee.
Solanaceae -- Nightshade Family
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