What’s flowering – Roella incurva

Here we are in the middle of summer having barely seen rain in the last three months yet the fynbos is still able to produce some real beauties. TAn example is this Roella incurva, which is brightening up the lower hills on Grootbos at the moment. It can have white flowers, but at Grootbos and other sites in the area where I have seen it, it has these purplish-blue flowers with dark blotches on the rim of the petal cup. It flowers in mid-summer when there is less competition from other plants for pollinators such as the bee visiting this flower. The bee is a Cape honey bee (Apis mellifera capensis). A rather unique bee that has the capacity for laying workers to produce fully functional queens from unfertilized eggs!

.Roella incurva with cape honey bee

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