bulbs, tubers and corms I

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Like a painting from Georgia O’Keeffe, a bud of Neomarica northiana is about to open, revealing part of its hidden interior
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The central parts of of outer and inner tepals are densely covered with sticky glandular trichomes
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There is an incredible shift from brown tones to vibrant blue ones, stripes on the inner sides of the tepals and dots on the outside
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Insects are attracted to the centre of the flower where the powdery, dull blue pollen awaits polinators, mostly bees
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Looking from above, the symmetry of the iris family becomes evident
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Each flower of Neomarica northiana is big and showy. The buds appear overnight and anthesis occurs the next day, withering 14 hours later.
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While individual flowers are ephemere, there will be more buds emerging sequentially from the basal bract, giving up to eight or nine flowers on every strong scape
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While the individual flowers appear in succession, right from the start there are tiny leaves at the base of the inflorescence, which eventually grow to form a young plant making the scape bow down to earth – the walking iris.
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Sometimes – hot weather spells help – there are two flowers together at the same scape.

to be continued

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