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Postby Gaga1982 » Mon Feb 06, 2006 7:57 pm

Hi!

I need to get a scientific answer for an 11 year old boy who is doing a biology assingment. The question is: Why isn't there any black flower? Why flowers doesn't exist in that colour?

Can someone please answer me this question? Thank you :)
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Postby bearhug » Mon Feb 06, 2006 9:12 pm

Here's a website that talks about flowers and why some look black but actually are not. http://www.planet-science.com/outthere/index.html?page=/outthere/flowers/nature.html

Hope this is helpful :wink:
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Postby Gaga1982 » Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:04 pm

It's interesting, thank you. But still I didn't get an explanation why truly black flowers don't exist in nature? There are red, purple, white, blue, yellow... but there's not any black flower. I wonder why? :)
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Postby bearhug » Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:33 pm

My best answer is that they wouldn't be fit for the environment, reproduction wise. Plants are commonly bright colors to attract insects for pollination. If a flower has ever been black it probably never attracted any insects thus decreasing the reproductive rate until they went extinct.
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Postby Navin » Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:55 am

I read somewhere that black flowers are rare. So i guess that means that they do exist.

Do you think that genetic engineering can make flowers black?
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Postby Dr.Stein » Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:57 am

In my country, there is a flower named "Anggrek Hitam" or "Black Orchid" if translated to English. However, don't hope you will see the color black, because its color is white, veeery white without any black at all :)
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Postby Navin » Tue Feb 07, 2006 10:00 am

How contradicting!

Oh yes so now i remember how to say orchid in malay. I know that Bahasa and Malay are different - but there are its similarities.
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Postby Dr.Stein » Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:01 am

What is the translation of "orchid" in Malay?
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Postby Navin » Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:10 am

We call it "Bunga anggerik" - quite similar to what you said just now. I know a bit of Malay as I have to learnt it in school as a subject. At the end of this year, I have to sit for the AO Level Examinations for Malay. I'm struggling to cope with it right now, I certainly hope I do well.
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Postby 2810712 » Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:23 am

I've seen pseudoblack flowers due to pollution!




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Postby victor » Tue Feb 07, 2006 12:34 pm

I've also seen a pseudoblack flowers also, when they're poured with a concentrated black oil..:lol:
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Postby MrMistery » Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:35 pm

Anyone ever heard of the black tulip? It's extremely rare and from what i heard it only grows in holland.
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