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So you know their special plant is going to be odd.
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Then again, they haven't exactly swept across the Americas either. They're found only in coastal states and territories, namely British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. And, while they can be found as much as 2,700 metres (8,860 ft) up mountains, what they really like is dense, damp, dark forest. So, no fans of the sun, then.
The name Hemitomes means 'half eunuch'. I don't know what that says about gnomes, but in Gnome Plants apparently one of the anthers contains no pollen. Clearly this was super important so now the Gnome Plant is the one and only species in the half-eunuch genus.
Gnome Plant flowers are tiny, but they're packed full of nectar at the bottom, sticky pollen at the top and hairy petals covering the whole thing.
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No-one knows for sure who the pollinator is, but it could be a moth. The hairy petals probably stop little insects from crawling down and stealing all the nectar (yeah, NOW the Gnome Plant is opposed to burglary. Tsh. Typical). The petals wouldn't stop the long, thin proboscis of a moth, though, and that's probably the point.