Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Botany picture #161: Ornithogalum cf narbonense

Today's botany picture is a liliaceous monocot from south-western France which I would tentatively call Ornithogalum narbonense (Asparagaceae). While the plant itself is not all that spectacular, the picture gains a lot from that cute little guy hanging onto one of the tepals. Didn't even notice him while taking it.

By the way, the leaf-like floral organs are sepals and petals, respectively, if there is an outer green whorl and an inner colourful whorl. If, as in this case, there is no differentiation into two different types then they are all called tepals. Strangely my computer knows the first two terms but not the third.

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