June 10, 2012
Iwagarami (Schizophragma hydrangeoides) flowers in Tokei-ji
In the garden of this temple, just before the rainy season, the small modest flowers of Iwagarami (which means "a plant that clings to a rock") bloom all together over the surfaces of rocks in the shade.
The inflorescence of this climbing plant has plenty of small bisexual flowers in its center and white ornamental flowers around these bisexual flowers.
Each of the ornamental flowers has an white petal-like calyx and a small degraded flower organ concealed in its base. This bright ornamental flower functions as a conspicuous sign for attracting flower-visiting insects.