Feb. 13, 2017

field chickweed, Cerastium arvense

Looking at the Venus' flytrap image reminded me of this one. An insect's reaction must be very much the same to both of them. The flowers are about the same size, borne in clusters about the same distance from the ground. Both are white, and employ the veins in the petals as guides to the nectar. The flytrap was an occasion to talk about convergent evolution. But so many flowers are like these two you can hardly call it convergence. Its more like a consensus. This strategy for pollination is successful in all kinds of habitats, all over the world. This species occurs in Eurasia, and North and South America. With us it is in every state and province except AL, FL, HI, KS, LA, NC, OK, SC, and TX. It also is in GL and SPM. Lenawee Co MI, 5/2/12