The balcony observer's 331th report- Blooming (Amaryllis, Hippeastrum cultivar) 孤挺花/朱頂紅 綻放

by Tsao T-F June. 28, 2021 229 views

Because my balcony is full of green leaves, the sunlight is relatively insufficient, so there are few plants with bright and big flowers. Amaryllis, or Hippeastrum, is a rare exception.

我的陽台因為充滿綠葉,陽光顯得相對不足,因而少有會開鮮豔大花朵的植栽。孤挺花,或叫朱頂紅,是少數的例外。

Almost every spring is the season of blooming amaryllis (Hippeastrum cultivar) on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 幾乎每年春天,都是陽台的孤挺花盛開的季節。

Almost every spring is the season of blooming amaryllis (Hippeastrum cultivar) on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 幾乎每年春天,都是陽台的孤挺花盛開的季節。

I like to use the elevation angle to shoot. It seems to show their magnificence better. 我喜歡利用仰角拍攝,似乎更能顯現它們的壯麗。

I like to use the elevation angle to shoot. It seems to show their magnificence better. 我喜歡利用仰角拍攝,似乎更能顯現它們的壯麗。

The anthers of the newly bloomed flowers are white. Pollen is still embedded in anthers. 剛開的花,花葯是白色的。花粉還包埋在花葯裡面。

The anthers of the newly bloomed flowers are white. Pollen is still embedded in anthers. 剛開的花,花葯是白色的。花粉還包埋在花葯裡面。

Over time, the stamens gradually mature. The yellow pollen is then released from the anthers. At this time, the stigma of the pistil is drooping and is not mature enough to accept pollen, which is a mechanism to avoid self-pollination. 隨著時間的推移,雄蕊漸漸成熟。黃色花粉於是從花葯中釋出。此時雌蕊的柱頭下垂尚未成熟,無法接受花粉,是一種避免自花授粉的機制。

Over time, the stamens gradually mature. The yellow pollen is then released from the anthers. At this time, the stigma of the pistil is drooping and is not mature enough to accept pollen, which is a mechanism to avoid self-pollination. 隨著時間的推移,雄蕊漸漸成熟。黃色花粉於是從花葯中釋出。此時雌蕊的柱頭下垂尚未成熟,無法接受花粉,是一種避免自花授粉的機制。

After a day or two, the trifurcation at the front of the stigma opened. 一兩天後,柱頭前端的三分叉打開。

After a day or two, the trifurcation at the front of the stigma opened. 一兩天後,柱頭前端的三分叉打開。

After another day or two, the opened stigma turned upwards, indicating that the pistil is mature. 再一兩天後,打開的柱頭往上翹,表示雌蕊成熟了。

After another day or two, the opened stigma turned upwards, indicating that the pistil is mature. 再一兩天後,打開的柱頭往上翹,表示雌蕊成熟了。

Little worlds on the amaryllis 孤挺花上的小小世界們。

Little worlds on the amaryllis 孤挺花上的小小世界們。

A week ago, the budding amaryllis 一個禮拜前,含苞的孤挺花。

A week ago, the budding amaryllis 一個禮拜前,含苞的孤挺花。

Two weeks ago, the buds and stems of the amaryllis 兩個禮拜前,孤挺花的花苞和花莖。

Two weeks ago, the buds and stems of the amaryllis 兩個禮拜前,孤挺花的花苞和花莖。

Two months ago, just budding 兩個月前,剛冒出的花苞。

Two months ago, just budding 兩個月前,剛冒出的花苞。

Note: Hippeastrum is a genus in the family Amaryllidaceae (subfamily Amaryllidoideae, tribe Hippeastreae, and subtribe Hippeastrineae). The name Hippeastrum, given to it by William Herbert, means "knight's star", perhaps because it looks like a medieval weapon. For many years there was confusion among botanists over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum.

The true Amaryllis is a bulb from South Africa with only few species in the genus (e.g., Amaryllis belladonna). They usually grow outdoors. By contrast, Hippeastrums are from Central and South America with many species and many cultivars in the genus – and these are the flowers commercially sold as indoor flowering bulbs particularly at Christmas in the northern hemisphere.

附註:朱頂紅屬(genus Hippeastrum)歸類於石蒜科(family Amaryllidaceae)的石蒜亞科(subfamily Amaryllidoideae)。朱頂紅屬由威廉‧赫伯特( William Herbert)命名,意思是“騎士(hippeus)之星(astron)”,或許是因為它看起來像是一種中世紀的武器。多年來,植物學家對” 孤挺花(Amaryllis)”和”朱頂紅”的屬名存在混淆。

真正的孤挺花是來自南非的一種球莖,該屬中只有少數物種(例如,美女百合)。 它們通常在戶外生長。對照之下,朱頂紅來自中美洲和南美洲,該屬中有許多物種和許多栽培品種——這些花卉在商業上作為室內開花球莖出售,尤其是在北半球的聖誕節期間。

to be continued... (未完待續...)

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Marilyn Grimble 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Such a flower of passion! Mxx

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Tsao T-F Replied to Marilyn Grimble 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the comment, Marilyn.smile

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Camellia Staab 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I learned the difference between the two types of Amaryllis. Over here they have been forcing the bulbs to mature and bloom in a self feeding/watering containers. It works perfect for someone who has a black thumb. smile

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you for providing first-hand feedback. Amaryllis is common in my side, but self feeding/watering containers are not common. I think this system is a good idea for modern people because they are usually very busy. The system is a way to encourage people to grow in their own houses. What should I do after the flower fades? Can the system maintain the plants/bulbs to the next year? Or other trees will take over the system?

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months, 2 weeks ago

From my understanding the bulb can be saved in a dark place until the following year and planted outside like normal bulbs. Which is what I have done.  But I also understand that this system takes a lot from the bulb hence there is no guarantee that a future flower is produced. It's a live and learn thing smile

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the information.blue heart

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Leon Linder 2 months, 3 weeks ago

There is more to life around us than many of us see. Thanks for opening the envelope of life and showing us its contents.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Tsao T-F Replied to Leon Linder 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Leon, thank you for your sweet words.smile
Envelopes are always full of life. I can't wait to open it every morning.envelope

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Wonderful post! This would be a great teaching tool for a college-level botany course!
Beautifully captured images and fascinating information!
You never disappoint & always delight!! Bravo!
+1grinning+1

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Tsao T-F Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind comment, my friend. Glad you like the report.smile

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months, 3 weeks ago

My kind comments on your work are well deserved, Amigo!grinning

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