A few weeks ago, my Gloriosa superba vines were barely in bud. Now they’ve branched in several directions and even started opening.
Each Flame Lily is borne on a single leaf axis and typically takes 17days to complete the flowering cycle. The photo above was taken yesterday at 8:30AM and the one below around 3:00PM. As the blossoms mature, the tepals elongate and wrinkle, eventually arching upward as seen below. Six stamens encircle a longer “eyelash” pistil that points to the side in an adaptation that discourages self fertilization: any pollen released from the stamens will fall below the pistil.
Looking at it this morning, it’s easy to see how G. superba got its common name!
It really DOES resemble flames against the sky!!
Until next time…
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