Hemimeris

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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

Where does the Hemimeris live?

The Hemimeris is a small genus of flowering plants in the family Scrophulariaceae, which are native to the Cape Provinces of South Africa.
They grow in sandy or rocky habitats, often near the coast, and have adapted to the Mediterranean climate of the region, which is characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters.
The Hemimeris plants have oil-secreting glands on their flowers, which attract specialized oil-collecting bees from the genus Rediviva.
These bees use the oil to line their nests and to feed their larvae.
The Hemimeris plants and the Rediviva bees have a mutualistic relationship, as the bees pollinate the flowers while collecting the oil.

The Hemimeris genus contains four species, which are Hemimeris centrodes, Hemimeris gracilis, Hemimeris racemosa, and Hemimeris sabulosa.
They are annual herbs with opposite leaves and two-lipped flowers, which are usually yellow or orange in color.
The flowers are arranged in single or clustered racemes at the ends of the stems or in the leaf axils.
The upper lip of the corolla has a small spur-like projection in the center, and the lower lip has three lobes, of which the middle one is much longer than the lateral ones.
The stamens are two, with large anthers.
The fruit is a capsule with many small, round or angular seeds.

The Hemimeris plants are not widely cultivated, but they may be grown as ornamental plants in rock gardens or containers, where they can provide a splash of color and attract bees.
They prefer full sun and well-drained soil, and need moderate watering.
They can be propagated by seeds, which can be sown in autumn or spring.
The Hemimeris plants are not known to have any medicinal or culinary uses, but they are important for the conservation of the biodiversity and the ecosystem of the Cape Floristic Region, where they are endemic.
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What does the Hemimeris look like?

Hemimeris is a genus of flowering plants in the family Scrophulariaceae, native to the Cape Provinces of South Africa.

They have opposite leaves, bell-shaped calyxes, and two-lipped corollas with short tubes and spurs.

They secrete oils to attract specialized oil-collecting bees from the genus Rediviva.

There are four species in the genus, the most common of which is Hemimeris racemosa.

This species has slender stems, narrow leaves, and yellow flowers with purple markings.

It grows in sandy or rocky habitats, often along streams or on slopes.
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