Messmates are enjoying a synchronous flowering event this season and bee keepers are taking the opportunity to collect honey from the forests of Terrip and Caveat.
Bees and flies are important pollinating agents for messmates. They help to prevent inbreeding by pollinating the flowers with pollen from unrelated trees.
Messmates flower most years , with a peak in mid summer , but the intensity of the flowering varies greatly and unaccountably from year to year . The honey is one of the darkest , rather similar to molasses, particularly in wet years. It has medium flavour and density . The pollen gathered by the bees from the blossoms is useful in building up colonies for autumn and supplying them with winter stores. The cream coloured pollen is yielded copiously.