How is witch hazel pollinated?

Rusty Duck’s bloomers of 2015 includes a Hamamelis. I’m only just discovering these plants, and find their blossoms really startling to look at.

From their shape, and the time of year when they flower, I wondered if they might be some evolutionary oddity, maybe wind-pollinated like willow, but with purely coincidental or vestigial flowers, despite their attractiveness.

Turns out that, even in a cold early winter, Hamamelis can be pollinated by specific moths. Shivering, snow-covered moths: who knew?


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