|Sea rose (Orphium frutescens)|
The flower is a sea rose or Orphium frutescens, a perfect example of so-called buzz pollination. Wot dat? That's when an insect, usually a bee, vibrates its wings on just the right frequency, which causes the flower and anthers to vibrate, thus releasing pollen. The sea rose, though, is very fussy. It won't flirt with just any old bee. Nope, it has to be the South African carpenter bee.
|Pollen-covered carpenter bee. Image: Wikipedia.|
|Carpenter bee in a sea rose. Image: Colin Paterson-Jones.|
This BBC article has a great headline: Bee is key to flower power. Dang. I wish I'd written that! You can also see a BBC video about this particular South African flower, delivered in a delicious Scottish accent by Professor Iain Stewart, here: