Stunted Sticky Stamens?

The Slaty Flowerpiercer Diglossa plumbea is a common bird at MTCF and can often be observed on flowering shrubs around the homestead and on the trails on edge habitats. The images here were taken through the living room window in late afternoon. The Flowerpiercer has a hooked upper mandible to pierce the base of tubular flowers to get at the nectar. So this bird circumvents the symbiotic evolutionary dance between tubular flowers and their partners; the hummingbird bill and hawkmoth tongue. One can’t help but wonder if given enough time some of these plants will evolve adaptations to their flower structures so that the Flowerpiercer carries their pollen. Some bizarre sticky stunted stamens that produce pollen at the outside base of their tubular flowers .

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