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1 Out of Hyacinthus' blood, Apollo created a flower named after him as a memorial to his death, and his tears stained the flower petals with the interjection αἰαῖ, meaning alas.
2 The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), because of the shape of the flower petals, which are said to resemble an eagle's claw.
3 Eventually the flower petals wither, leaving behind a fruit that ripens to a dark red berry-like capsule, 1 to 1.5 centimeters long.
4 The flower petals are commonly eaten in Central America, but its reproductive organs (the anthers and ovaries) are first removed because of their bitterness.
5 This is where the positioning of the flower petals are located on the flower is the corolla e.g. the buttercup having shiny yellow flower petals which contain guidelines amongst the petals in aiding the pollinator towards the nectar.
6 Crows also foraged various plant parts, including the flower petals of kolea, koa, and mamane.
7 The flower petals are edible, with a slightly sweet flavor with hints of cinnamon.
8 Research conducted by Dr. Christopher Ranger with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and other collaborating scientists have demonstrated the excitatory amino acid called quisqualic acid present within the flower petals is responsible for causing paralysis of the Japanese beetle.
9 Botanically, the leaves are usually in pairs (opposite), and the flower petals emerge from the rim of the calyx tube.
10 Unguiculata is Latin for "with a small claw", which reflects the small stalks on the flower petals.
11 The entire plant above ground, including the flower petals, is covered with stinging hairs.