The Aster

Nuffer, Barbara
October 2008
New York State Conservationist;Oct2008, Vol. 63 Issue 2, p19
The article presents information on aster plants in New York. More than 35 species of asters grace the state's marshes, fields, swamps, forests and mountains. The showier outer ray florets contain only female parts. Since insects work from the outside to the center of the flower, these female florets are pollinated by bees carrying pollen from the previous flower head that the insect visited. Aster flowers' reproductive purpose is to provide nectar and pollen late in the season for butterflies, moths, beetles, flies and bees.


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