I like how this turned out so I’m posting it on its own. :>
The Bird of Paradise flower is pollinated entirely by sunbirds. The sunbirds perch on the spathe (horizontal green sheath from which the flower petals emerge) and while the bird drinks the nectar, the petals deposit pollen on the bird’s feet. The Bird of Paradise flower has zero natural insect pollinators.
The tree really doesn’t belong in the Enchanted Forest
“The tree and I share something in common. Neither of us can leave the palace and neither of us truly belongs.” —The Evil Queen to the Genie of Agrabah
It took me a couple minutes to realize the Honeycrisp apple was developed in Minnesota and later patented and introduced back in the late 80s or early 90s. I wonder where Regina got her tree from…? I’m betting she got it from this world when she was younger. The tree is self-sterile, meaning it can’t be pollinated by its own flowers and has to be pollinated from outside sources. If you look at the flowers you can see they are quite similar to Emma’s tattoo. They are white and pink with 5 petals and similar in appearance to the Lilly.
One other thing, when you cut an apple in half it looks like a star, flower, even a Pentagram. It’s all significant in my opinion, and a little too much to just be coincidence, especially when you start getting into the symbolism of pentagrams (this post would be entirely too long).
Basically the tree is symbolic of Emma, Regina, and Henry. Regina’s love and devotion to the tree are a reflection of that. Without going further in depth because I could go on, I’ll just leave it here so people can draw there own conclusions because I’m sure many aren’t going to get where I’m going with the whole Minnesota thing.