|Oriental Lilium - Stargazer - in situ|
Here it is in close-up.
|Oriental Lilium - Stargazer|
A zoomed image of the Lilium's stamens and the stigma
|The stigma (the female receptive organ) and the stamens|
Source: Enchanted Learning
|Botanical illustration from "EnchantedLearning.com"|
- "Stamens are the male reproductive parts of flowers. A stamen consists of an anther (which produces pollen) and a filament. The pollen consists of the male reproductive cells; they fertilize ovules."
- "The pistil is the collective term for the carpel(s). Each carpel includes an ovary (where the ovules are produced; ovules are the female reproductive cells, the eggs), a style (a tube on top of the ovary), and a stigma (which receives the pollen during fertilization)."
- Source: Enchanted Learning
A close-up view of the Lilium anther - the pollen-bearing (male) part of the flower.
|The pollen grains on the Lilium stamen.|
Many plants flower in accordance with the length of the day, not the rain or temperature. I suggest that this Lilium takes its cue by the length of the day, and so its flowering time is reliable in each season.
By contrast, there is a saying in relation to many Orchids that they will flower (within their normal season) six weeks after "good rain". There are many "variables" in that statement, but I shall illustrate the variable flowering seasons in an Orchid tomorrow.