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Blooming Crinum natans (56k warning)

As you can see from the first picture, the Crinum is more or less the centrepiece of my tank. So I was pretty happy when it bloomed. It had never occured to me that these things did bloom, but a quick web search showed that yes, of course they bloom and yes, lots of people have taken pictures of them. Oh Well.

The flower rises quite a bit above the surface of the tank, and it was getting burned by the lights. I had to raise my lighting hood with a low-tech combination of cake tins, VHS tapes, old tank lights and a phone book. It looks terrible but I figure it will only be for a week or so.

I was amazed at how fast this thing grew. I first saw the bud for on Thursday. Five days later and the thing is about a foot high.

And my tank is its usual jungle. I should probably trim it.



Just before the bloom opened. You can see the tips of the petals have been scorched a bit.


And here it is, open. I thought it was interesting that there are 6 petals and 6 stamens. They have moved slightly in this picture, but when the flower first opened, the slightly cup-shaped petals each one cradled a stamen. I have no idea if that's significant or just a coinicidence or why I even notice things like that, but I thought it was cool.


Another angle. Below you can see another bud. There are a total of three buds on the stalk.


Close-up of the anther. Lots of pollen.


And of the stigma. I self-pollinated the flower, which I know is a pretty low-percentage move but since I don't know anyone else with a with a blooming Crinum I figured I'd give it a shot.


There is a water droplet in the middle of the flower. There is no spray in my tank so preumably the water comes up from below.


As seen from above. The flower is a little bigger than a standard computer fan.


And from below. Once I sort out some wiring issues (the hood is not all that mobile) I'll replace take a proper picture with a decent (blank) background.


Thanks for looking,

Paul.
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its beautiful.

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thats a real pretty flower.

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You know, if you were in my local club you'd get bonus HAP (horticulture award program) points for flowering that plant, and even more if you can get a plant to hatch from the seeds. Great work!

Your flower is gorgeous and I love the look of your wild thick jungle. Haha, do you get to see your fish very much?


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that is one heck of a flower! its amazing looking!

now you geet to be a bee and polinate it!

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Nice close up shots of that beautiful flower. Maybe you could give it to somebody special. Doubt anyone has ever recieved aquarium grown flowers.
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very nice tank and flower.. just one thing.. cant you find something better to fix the hood instead of bookS!! it is unsafe!
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