poly

in daylily terms it is a flower with extra petals and sepals.  that would be more than the standard 6.  usually it is an even number total.  and as usual, usual does not mean always.  if you look at the stamens and count there are seven.  there usually is one stamen for each petal and sepal.  so while the visual count of sepals and petals is 7 and the count of stamens is 7 it is a pretty good bet that there is no extra sepal hiding behind one of the petals.  that means it is time to stop talking and move onto the flower.  oh and give yourself extra credit for the math content.   5 images…

11-014 Olivia's Opera x SH B110- tet skinwalker

11-014 Olivia’s Opera x SH B110- tet skinwalker

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5 thoughts on “poly

  1. cynthiamvoss

    Never knew there was one stamen for each petal, that’s interesting. At first glance I thought the middle looked a bit crowded haha, I guess you usually don’t see 7 stamen.

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    1. John Hric Post author

      Cynthia – The normal daylily has 3 petals and 3 sepals – total 6 and usually has 6 stamens. the usual poly has an extra set of petals and sepals. So it would typically be 8, 10, etc. Except when it just has an extra sepal or just one extra petal. Then you get the uneven count including the stamens. And it makes you want to check no petals or sepals are hiding behind the other ones. Mother nature likes to keep us on our toes.

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    1. John Hric Post author

      Besides one of the parents of this flower being one of the flowers named for one of the granddaughters and a few other things coming together on this flower – I also enjoy the contrast. Then again I do NOT have a flower problem.

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