What a year Mountain Laurel is having. Everywhere is loaded with abundant blooms. Driving through North Quabbin on the road to The Federated Women’s Club State Forest and Quabbin Gate 36, one can’t help but notice the woods filled thick with white blooms.
One in particular attracted me and beckoned to come on in.
Laurel to the right of me, laurel to the left of me, laurel behind me, and laurel to the front of me. If I had my wits about me I would have done a 360° panorama to illustrate.
To answer Steve’s question, surrounded as I was I detected no odor. However, I did see evidence of a full blown Mount Laurel eruption
I was not there for the action, but the aftermath tells the story. Hopefully, part of that mess ended up on a pollinator. It’s a clever strategy. The anthers at the tip of the stamen are held in the petals in those red clefts around the perimeter under pressure. The anther will be released when a bee or other insect enters the flower. Most of the pollen ends up on the visitor’s back once it triggers the catapult mechanism. Very efficient and the flower is not required to make thousands of pollen grains as are many other plants.