Friday Flower – My Bleeding Heart Vine

My Bleeding Heart Vine - Photograph by Laura Lecce
My Bleeding Heart Vine – Photograph by Laura Lecce

This adorable little red flower is from a Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum thomsomiae), a native to tropical west Africa. This plant utilizes two reproductive strategies, dichogamy and herkagomy which mean that the stamens (male reproductive parts) ripen at a different time and are spatially separated to the pistil (female reproductive part), thus ensuring that this plant cannot self pollinate. Instead, the hard work is accomplished by butterflies and hummingbirds which spread the pollen to other plants. This also means that the genetic diversity of this plant is increased through combining the genes of separate plants, providing a higher chance of adaptation and evolutionary survival. Too much science for a Friday? In that case, happy weekend everyone!

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17 thoughts on “Friday Flower – My Bleeding Heart Vine

    1. Thanks for the compliment!
      I did notice there were other bleeding hearts (so I was careful to specifically call it a bleeding heart vine). The one you mentioned is absolutely adorable, all of these pink hanging heart in a row. So cute! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Wow, that’s such a long time for a program to run! For me, everyday is a science day (and believe me, I don’t always appreciate that!). Especially when I finally think I’ve figured out the science, only to realize that science has proved me wrong, and once again I need to keep searching for the answer. Sometimes I think biology is so mind-blowingly complex that we will never have anything figured out (the universe just keeps getting bigger). I do however love a challenge!

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      1. My first daughter, Squiddy, has a T-shirt with stick-figures and a warning that says, “Stand back–I’m about to do science!” I’d love to have one for my own, and if I can find the source through her, I’ll send you one!

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