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Oct 5, 2010 1:19 PM

Praying Hands Flower?

Could you pPlease tell me what this is,

 

It looks like apair of yellow praying hands in large green leaves

 

Many Thanks for any help.

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    Oct 6, 2010 10:27 AM (in response to PRoberts)
    Re: Praying Hands Flower?

    Hi,

    your plant is Zantedischia aethiopica (L.) Spreng. - the Altar-lily but it is a very unusual example in that the spadix (the yellow "hand") which is the part of the flower on which the very small female and male parts are borne which is usually just a cylindrical sausage shape has divided to give several finger -like lobes. I've never seen this malformation before in this, or its native relatives the Lords and Ladies/Cuckoo-pint (Arum spp.)

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