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Life in a SOG trickling filter

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A new vygie bud with some algal growth
Vygies are pollinated by insects in the middle of the day when flowers are fully open. The leaves, swollen with water, ensure the survival of the plant during long, hot and dry spells. Brightly coloured flowers are advertisements to pollinators and ensure seed production. Another adaptation for survival is the abundance of seeds that is produced. The more seeds there are, the better the chances of germination and ultimately the survival of the species. These plants will only disperse their seeds once water has become available. Seeds are able to survive in the capsule for many, many months. When it rains, the capsule swells up and opens, and the splashing drops displace seeds onto the ground where they will germinate quickly. In this way, precious seeds are not wasted if there is insufficient water.