The balcony observer's 310th report- Who stole its flowers? (Terminalia catappa) 誰偷走了它的花?

by Tsao T-F May. 18, 2021 239 views

A flower spike is a kind of inflorescence where a group of stalk(pedicel)-less flowers grow on an upright stem (peduncle). The Indian almond is such a plant. However, do you know who stole its flowers?

所謂的穗狀花序是指一群無莖(花梗)的花生長在直立的莖(花序梗)上。欖仁樹就是這樣的植物。然而,你知道是誰偷走了它的花呢?

There are two Indian almond trees (Terminalia catappa) on my balcony, which were planted from seeds. They have horizontal whorled branches with large leaves, forming flat-top umbrella-like crowns. 我的陽台有兩棵欖仁樹,是從種子開始種起的。他們側枝水平輪生,葉片大,形成平頂傘狀樹冠。

There are two Indian almond trees (Terminalia catappa) on my balcony, which were planted from seeds. They have horizontal whorled branches with large leaves, forming flat-top umbrella-like crowns. 我的陽台有兩棵欖仁樹,是從種子開始種起的。他們側枝水平輪生,葉片大,形成平頂傘狀樹冠。

They bloom in spring and summer. The flowers bloom from the base of the peduncle. 他們在春天及夏天開花。花從花序梗的基部開始綻放。

They bloom in spring and summer. The flowers bloom from the base of the peduncle. 他們在春天及夏天開花。花從花序梗的基部開始綻放。

But, do you know why the flowers on the peduncles are missing one by one? Who stole them? 但是,你知道為什麼花序梗上的花一朵朵地不見了。是誰偷走了它們呢?

But, do you know why the flowers on the peduncles are missing one by one? Who stole them? 但是,你知道為什麼花序梗上的花一朵朵地不見了。是誰偷走了它們呢?

Hint: One of the four animals (birds, wasps, butterflies, geckos) commonly found on my balcony. Do you want to choose one?

提示:四種(鳥、胡蜂、蝴蝶、壁虎)常見於我的陽台的動物之一。你要猜猜看嗎?

The Indian almond tree on the balcony has blossomed. But it felt lonely because the flowers were gone. Can you help it? 陽台上的欖仁樹已經開花了。但是它覺得孤單,因為花不見了。你可以幫幫它嗎?

The Indian almond tree on the balcony has blossomed. But it felt lonely because the flowers were gone. Can you help it? 陽台上的欖仁樹已經開花了。但是它覺得孤單,因為花不見了。你可以幫幫它嗎?

One morning, a paper wasp (Polistes (Gyrostoma) rothneyi gressitti) came to gather nectar. 一天早上,一隻黃長腳蜂來採花蜜。

One morning, a paper wasp (Polistes (Gyrostoma) rothneyi gressitti) came to gather nectar. 一天早上,一隻黃長腳蜂來採花蜜。

She has her own steps, using a very fast speed to advance from the tip to the base. 牠有自己的步驟,用很快地速度,從尖端往基部前進。

She has her own steps, using a very fast speed to advance from the tip to the base. 牠有自己的步驟,用很快地速度,從尖端往基部前進。

I watched the flowers fall one by one, and then I suddenly realized. 我看著花一朵一朵地掉落,然後我恍然大悟了。

I watched the flowers fall one by one, and then I suddenly realized. 我看著花一朵一朵地掉落,然後我恍然大悟了。

Timelapse of flowers missing (Terminalia catappa) on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 欖仁樹花朵遺失的過程。

Timelapse of flowers missing (Terminalia catappa) on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 欖仁樹花朵遺失的過程。

A. A wasp pounced on a flower on the peduncle. 一隻胡蜂撲上花序梗上的一多花。

B. She began to lick the nectar. 它開始舔食花蜜。

C. The flowers shook. 花朵晃了晃。

D. The whole flower was plucked. 整朵花被拔下來。

E. The wasp held the flower to her chest. 胡蜂把花抱在胸前。

F. Then the flower (arrow) dropped. 然後花(箭頭)掉落了。

I don't know if the wasp did this accidentally or deliberately.  But I think she is not only an unreasonable guy, but also a greedy guy. 我不知道胡蜂這樣做是不小心或是故意的。但是我認為她不但是個無理的傢伙,而且也是一個貪心的傢伙。

I don't know if the wasp did this accidentally or deliberately. But I think she is not only an unreasonable guy, but also a greedy guy. 我不知道胡蜂這樣做是不小心或是故意的。但是我認為她不但是個無理的傢伙,而且也是一個貪心的傢伙。

A cluster of beautiful flowers (Indian almond) on the balcony. But I am worried about it... 一串漂亮的花(欖仁樹)在陽台上。但是我很擔心它…

A cluster of beautiful flowers (Indian almond) on the balcony. But I am worried about it... 一串漂亮的花(欖仁樹)在陽台上。但是我很擔心它…

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Adrian Morris 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Another great set of photos and interesting information.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Adrian Morris 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Adrian!smile

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Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Fascinating observations!!!
So nicely captured, as well!
😁

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Tsao T-F Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I accidentally observed it that day. I quickly took out the camera. 
Fortunately, it wasn't too late to capture some of the evidence.camera

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months ago

Always a good idea to have a camera nearby & ready to shoot.....right???+1

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Tsao T-F Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months ago

YES!smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months ago

+1

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Leon Linder 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Somehow a WOW! Seems insufficient.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Leon Linder 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the comment, Leon!smile

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Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I had guessed gecko originally but I guess I was wrong. I had to go back and look at where the flower was. Glad you pointed it out. Very interesting.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback. Glad you like this post. You have chosen the almost correct answer.

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