I Didn’t Know the Anther

January 27, 2015

I’m not much on naming flowers, but did finally learn the name of the flower that we encounter each year in Dillon Beach, the one that is always on the table when we arrive and smells so good it makes me want to cry. It’s an asiatic lily. I know now because it was one of the flowers in the bouquet my mom and brothers sent for my birthday and as soon as I smelled it a few days ago I knew it was the same flower.  I took a picture, posted it on Facebook, asked if anyone knew what it was, and of course someone did. I got an immediate and seemingly definitive answer. The asiatic lily was the consensus.

Here it is among its flower friends (it’s the white one):


Here is a close up of an emasculated asiatic lily. Poor lily, huh?


A bit of flower anatomy, in case you’ve forgotten: The stamen is the pollen-producing part of the flower usually with a slender filament that supports the anther, and the anther is the part of the stamen where the pollen is produced (who knew?). Flower farms, or flower stores maybe, remove the anthers because “lilies produce prodigious amounts of pollen, and it stains things,” says Don Shor.. my favorite source on these kinds of things.

And because I’ve learned how to do macro shots on my iPhone, and took a whole bunch more photos, here are a few other flowers:





I just love these pictures, but I don’t know what any of these other flowers are.