How Plants Get Dirty
Somewhere in Australia, a Cryptostylis orchid is about to trick an unsuspecting wasp into getting down and dirty with it. Pseudocopulation, where a plant has evolved to resemble a certain insect in order to hoodwink others of the same species into having (pseudo)sex with it, is only one of the hundreds of techniques employed by plants to spread their pollen.
Garden Gates Open To All
On Oct. 2, the Arboretum at UCSC hosted its Community Day, a monthly event during which entry into the garden was free of charge. The day aims to give the entire public the opportunity to the enjoy the Arboretum’s grand variety of plants and trees.