The hummingbird pollinates plants by transferring pollen from one flower to the stigma of another on the end of its pointed beak. Flowers that rely on this form of pollination are very brightly colored red and oranges to attract hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds pollinate flowers that have co-evolved with them.Some examples are tubular shaped flowers such as the Columbine, Morning Glory, Salvia, Trumpet Vine, Fucshia and Phlox. These flowers are brightly colored and have a high pollen count to meet the extraordinary nectar requirements of the hummingbird. They can access the nectar from these tubular shaped blooms because of their long beak.Many insects are incapable of reaching into the flower to access the nectar.The hummingbird then flies from flower to flower and the pollen is transferred by its beak and irrescent feathers. Hummingbirds are pollinators that are useful to our eco-system.
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