Sunday, September 4, 2016

Pic Today 9/4/16




HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU

There are some flowers,
especially in the family Araceae,
that when ripe and in bloom,
seem to be looking at you.

Two species that are dramatic
this time of year are
Anchomanes Hookeri and
the more common Peace Lily.

Their rhizomes in fact have eyes.
Another interesting fact is
these plants are thermogenic,
they can create their own heat
(up to 45˚C, even in cool climates).

This heat attracts certain beetles,
which the plants need for pollination.
(Pretty clever, I'd say.)

The largest collection of Araceae
is maintained at Missouri Botanical Garden,
here in St. Louis. 

3 comments:

  1. Bonjour Rick,
    Ces plantes sont magnifiques, je ne les connaissais pas, merci pour l'information.
    Belle soirée, bises !

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  2. Yes, they seem to be looking at me with they many eyes.
    Splendid flowers!
    A big hug.

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