May. 23, 2017

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Carrion-flowers and closely related greenbriers have different sex flowers on separate plants.  This is the female upright carrion-flower.  The female floweer head, at least in this population, was about half the size of the male.  Pollination is actually by a variety  of flies, bees, and beetles.  I led a wildflower walk for Toledo Metroparks Sunday, and saw this in bloom.  So I knew to go looking for it yesterday.  Also finding smooth carrion-flower was a bonus.