One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

This week’s mystery is pretty simple—these tiny flowers. What did they fall from?

Mystery # 58

Back later with your guesses!


These are the flowers of the American Holly, Ilex opaca.

American Holly flowers

I bet most of you think of Holly and berries, not Holly and flowers…but those berries have got to start somewhere!  This is another plant with male and female plans, and therefore flowers—and only the female ones produce the berries.

Which do you think these are?

staminate flowers of American Holly

The male ones have four stamens sticking up from the petal center, the females has a style—flower term for the ‘ovary’ part of the flower that produces the seeds.


2 thoughts on “One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

    • Excellent! You’re correct! I’m posting now with a few more details and another question about these flowers.

      Thanks for making a guess!

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