Echinacea, Echinacea augustifolia
Echinacea, Echinacea augustifolia close-up of flower head medicinal herb, petals, useful for late colour in the flower border drought-tolerant perennial plants growing to 1 or 2 m in height, found growing on the prairies where it was used by the native north americans, boosts immune system and helps to fight colds. Colourful, pink flowers in a field.
Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera
Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera - close up of flowerhead showing hanging pollinia, Monkton Chalkpit Nature Reserve, Kent
flower shape and colour thought to mimic shape and colour of the solitary bee to attract this pollinator but mostly
self pollinating in UK, perennial, favours dry grassland, usually on chalky soils, Pollenia held above flower with packets of pollen, drop down to pollinate stigma of own flower
Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) - feeding on bamboo, snowy focus, Wolong Research and Conservation Centre, Sichuan Szechwan Province, Central China Order Carnivora, Family Ursidae, bear, well known for its 'thumb', which is actually a modified wrist bone that enables the panda to dextrously grasp bamboo stalks, inhabits inhabit montane forests, mixed coniferous & broadleaf forests, herbivore, solitary, Classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List 2006, and listed on Appendix I of CITES.