Revisiting Mt. Lemmon Wildflowers #2   Leave a comment

This summer, the Big Horn Fire caused so much damage to the National Forest
in the Santa Catalina Mountains remains closed to the public. Therefore,
hiking and photographing wildflowers in the Catalinas will not be in 2020,
which provides a good excuse to revisit some wildflower photos over the past ten summers.

Birdbill Dayflower — Image by kenne

“The flowers emerge one at a time from large, green to maroon-tinged, hairy to hairless,
folded, boatlike spathes (leaf-like bracts) with an elongated, tapering tip that resembles a bird’s bill.
The individual flowers have 3 blue petals, fertile and sterile stamens with blue, hairless filaments,
and 3 staminodes (sterile stamens) with yellow, cross-shaped antherodes (sterile anthers).
The lowest flower petal is somewhat smaller than the other 2 petals. The flowers only last for a day.
The flowers are followed by seed capsules that mature within the spathes. The leaf sheaths are
maroon-streaked and wrap the stems. The leaf blades are green, hairless to hairy,
and linear to linear-lanceolate in shape. The stems are green to maroon-tinged,
succulent, erect to ascending, and unbranched or sparsely branched.”

— Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and Plants

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