According to an extremely dubious internet reference, black and nearly-black flowers are extremely rare in nature, occuring in about two tenths of one percent of flowering genera. And it's generally understand that the most common flower colors in nature are probably green, followed by brown, white, and pink.
Not exciting. So let's listen to some music - here's Two Hearts Down by Knoxville's The Black Lilies:
Yeah, yeah, I know it's not technically psychobilly but bear with me here. Why wouldn't black flowers be more common in nature? Maybe it's impossible for plants to synthesize "black" pigment - although I certainly can't find anyone to scientifically state it. Well, if you look at natural features as "nutritional choices" made by organisms, it's hard to see what a black flower gets you. For wind-pollinated plants, producing a black flower would be a total waste, unless the color black scared away predators of the plant. What about insect-pollinated plants?
Here's where it gets interesting - insect pollinators want to know where they are supposed to go to get the pollen. The best pollinator plants are those that can visually guide bees in and literally provide a landing pad. Here's a few examples of highly effective insect pollinated flowers:
Right. So we can quickly see that bee- and butterfly-pollinated flowers are not going to be black. What else pollinates flowers?
That's right - flies! But most species of flies aren't looking for pretty flowers. They're looking for this:
The Kamchatka Lily - a Frittilaria
The Black Lily or "Stink Lily"
The Black Calla Lily
The Black Tulip
And of course......a psychobilly send-off from Belgrade (of all places).........see you soon!