Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower

Botanical Family Campanulaceae

Bloom Time July – September

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Echinate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 56

Shape Round

Pollen Color Cream, White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • •

Nectar Source •

Liriodendron tulipifera – Tulip Tree

Botanical Family Magnoliaceae

Bloom Time May – June

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 1

Aperture Type Sulcate

Ornamentation Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 24

Shape Round

Pollen Color Cream, White, Tan

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • • •

Nectar Source • • • • •

Flower photo contributed by Mount Cuba

Monarda didyma – Scarlet Bee Balm

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time July – August

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 6

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Reticulate

Tectum Semitectate

Size (um) 60

Shape Round 

Pollen Color White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source •

Nectar Source • •

Monarda citriodora – Lemon Bee Balm

Botanical Family Lamiaceae

Bloom Time May – August

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 6

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Reticulate

Tectum Semitectate

Size (um) 70

Shape Round 

Pollen Color White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source •

Nectar Source •

Flower photo contributed by Mount Cuba

 

Fothergilla gardenii – Dwarf Fothergilla

Botanical Family Hamamelidaceae

Bloom Time April – May

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 1

Aperture Type Sulcus

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Round 

Pollen Color White, Tan

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source •

Nectar Source •

Flower photo contributed by Mount Cuba

Crataegus phaenopyrum–Washington Hawthorne

 

 

Botanical Family Rosaceae

Bloom Time June

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Triangular

Pollen Color White, Tan

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • • •

Nectar Source • • •

 

Convallaria majalis – Lily of the Valley

 

Botanical Family Asparagaceae

Bloom Time April

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 1

Aperture Type Sulcus

Ornamentation Psilate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Round 

Pollen Color White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • •

Nectar Source •

Cercis canadensis – Eastern Red Bud

Botanical Family Fabaceae

Bloom Time March – June

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Striate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 

Shape Round

Pollen Color White

Honey Bee Resource

Pollen Source •

Nectar Source • •

Cercis canadensis is important for early brood rearing.

Sources

Sammataro, D. and Harman, A. (2013). “Major Flowers Important to Honey Bees in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States”. AlphaGraphics, Tucson, AZ.

 

 

Campsis radicans – Trumpetcreeper

 

Botanical Family Bignoniaceae

Bloom Time July

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Round

Pollen Color Cream, White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source • • •

Nectar Source • •

Flower photo contributed by Mount Cuba

Aralia spinosa – Devils Walking Stick

 

Botanical Family Araliaceae

Bloom Time  July – August

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Colpus

Ornamentation Granulate/Perforate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um)

Shape Triangular

Pollen Color Cream, White

Honey Bee Resources

Pollen Source •

Nectar Source •