Acorn Photo 1a        Bright red flowers of cardinal flower (Up-Close).  Most insects usually have difficulty sipping nectar from long tubular flowers like flowers of cardinal flower, and hummingbirds, which have long beaks and tongues, love cardinal flower, accordingly. Plants like cardinal flower depend on hummingbirds for pollination. This pic was shot at the Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood, MN on July 1, 2012.  For more info on Cardinal Flower, click these:  1  |  2        See Hummingbird photos
Cardinal Flower の花は、長い筒状の花です。大抵の昆虫は、蜜をこの筒から吸うことが困難です。ところが、ハチドリは、長い口ばしと長い舌を持っていますので、このCardinal Flower の花が大好きです。長い筒状の花を持つ Cardinal Flower などの植物は、受粉をハチドリのような長い口ばしをもつ生物にしてもらいます。
As we can guess, Cardinal flower is named after the scarlet robes worn by cardinals.  Check out our Northern Cardinal (bird) page  
Cardinal flower に、cardinal の名が、付いた理由は、Northern Cardinal の場合と同じです。

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