Time lapse Lily flower opening orange

February 7, 2011 by Mario  
Filed under Flower Gardening

Time lapse Lily flower opening. Filmed by Neil Bromhall copyright www.complete-gardens.co.uk This time-lapse shows the grace of and simple beauty of this flower.

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3 Responses to “Time lapse Lily flower opening orange”
  1. APurseyful says:

    Very clever stuff. Self-fertilisation is not as desirable as cross-fertilisation as it does not introduce new genes into the offspring, and therefore continuation of the species by Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest’ theory would be compromised. Having the stigma protruding above the anthers reduces the chances of self-pollination, as does the pollen being ripe before the stigma is ready to receive it. Humans have yet to develop techniques to avoid interbreeding!

  2. neilbromhall says:

    The position of the stigma protruding above the anthers is a clever strategy as it’s designed to collect pollen from a visiting insect which is carrying pollen from another lily flower thus fertilising the flower. Then as the insect enters the lily flower to drink nectar, in doing so the insects body gets covered with pollen as it brushes past the anthers. This pollen is then transported the the stigma of the next lily flower.
    Clever stuff.

  3. APurseyful says:

    It is very interesting watching the pollen ripening on the anthers.

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