Floral Friday : Spider lilies

The exotic white flowers have extremely long, hanging petals with a central staminal cup formed from the membranes of the staminodes.DSC06756

The name Hymenocallis means ‘beautiful membrane’. With long strappy leaves, most plants resemble agapanthus when not in flower. Unlike agapanthus, they have a long flowering period and at times are so smothered in flowers you can hardly see the foliage. DSC06757The biggest flush of flowers occurs at the start of the rainy season and then the flowers seem to come in flushes coinciding with very wet periods. Flowers open in the evening emitting their perfume overnight and generally last 2 to 3 days. IMG_3078Copy this image and its link to place on your blog


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