Here's a pic I took earlier this month of my paradoxa in bloom. *It opened its first flower on 6/24/04, and is still going strong. *Yesterday the 23rd flower opened and closed, but not before I hand pollinated it. *I'm keeping a record of which flowers I hand pollinate, and which ones I do not. *This way, I hope to determine if this species self pollinates and/or is able to produce seed without help from another clone. *From a recent search, I found that this might be possible with the paradoxa... alone amongst the Petiolaris Complex. *
Two other flower stalks started to grow, but I snipped them off... in order to prevent the plant from exhausting itself.
After I hand pollinate the flower, it closes within a minute thereabouts. *I wasn't aware that it would do so that quickly. *