Coffee blossoms about six times a year, and it blossoms exceedingly freely. The sight of a coffee plantation when in flower is well worth witnessing, and the sight of several hundred acres in blossom once seen is to be remembered a lifetime. The perfume is strong, and the plantation is a paradise for bees and similar insect*. This is so well recognised in India that the coming of bees at blossoming time is regularly looked for as the omen of the crop that is to be obtained afterwards. The transportation of bees from one part of the country to another has been mentioned. Bee-keepers here may know the large bee of India, which produces an enormous amount of very fine honey. These bees seem to know by instinct that the time of the blossoming is about to arrive. They appear in countless numbers, swarming on the trees, cliffs, and rocks near the coffee estate, and will stay there apparently, especially waiting for the coffee blossoming, for they get away when it is over.
Queensland agricultural journal, Volume 16
By Queensland. Dept. of Primary Industries, Queensland. Dept. of Agriculture and Stock
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