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,