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smiggysmiff
Dec 15, 2016 8:34 PM CST
I have yellow lillies, in my garden, i noticed the trumpet flower on some plants curve to the right while others to the left, is this natural, I thought all flowers of a species were identical in make up,
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Australis
Dec 15, 2016 8:40 PM CST

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Hi and welcome!

Are you able to post a few photos of your lilies? Are they true lilies (members of the lilium genus) or another type of lily?

All flowers of a species aren't actually identical - you can get a lot of variation within a species (for example, Lily (Lilium martagon) and its variety Lily (Lilium martagon var. martagon) have a wide range of colours and patterns, yet they are all still considered just one species). Even within a specific cloned hybrid (most cultivated plants are cloned for commercial sale), you can still get variation depending on the environment and position with respect to the sun (I have two lots of Lilium 'Pearl Jennifer' and one lot are quite tall with the flowers spaced quite nicely, whilst the second lot - planted only two weeks later - are much shorter and have all the flowers bunched up at the end of the stem). So it would be normal to see some variation, even between cloned plants in your garden.

Hope that helps answer your question :)
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Leftwood
Dec 16, 2016 11:05 AM CST
It also looks like you posted your question before you were finished?

Yes, a photo or better explanation is needed. Are the flowers themselves curving, or are the pointing in different directions? Are you talking about flowers on the same stem or different stems? In the same clump of plants or different plants spaced apart or in different gardens? If you want a good answer, we need more information.

smiggysmiff
Dec 17, 2016 3:10 PM CST
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flower unfurling to the right,

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flower unfurling to the left,

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the flower bed,
my question is, is this natural for this type of lilly, as I have never noticed left and right in a plant before ,but I am only a 77 year old novice, Thank You! Avid Gardeners
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Leftwood
Dec 17, 2016 6:22 PM CST
This is interesting, as most plants unfurl in one direction only. But I don't know about calla lilies. Sometime calla species will have some flowers with both male and female parts and some flowers with only male parts. Maybe that is the difference? Shrug!
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sooby
Dec 17, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Looking at these Google pics, it seems to be normal:

https://www.google.ca/search?q...

On further searching Google I found that arums do the same thing, anticlockwise is called sinistral and clockwise is dextral. So far I haven't found an explanation though. There's actually an analysis for arum in this article:

http://archive.bsbi.org.uk/Wat...
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Arico
Dec 20, 2016 3:14 PM CST
Are you sure those flowers are all from the SAME plant? 'Cuz from the total picture it seems to me that all unidirectional (is that even in context? :p ) flowers originate from the same point (plant)
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eclayne
Dec 20, 2016 9:16 PM CST

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Here's a 2011 discussion of Chirality within a related genera, Cryptocoryne griffith, on the IAS site.

The impression I get is the spathe will spiral in the same direction as the whole shoot and it's probably random.

Good eye @smiggysmiff!! I'm going to pay closer attention from now on.
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plantladylin
Dec 20, 2016 10:24 PM CST
Lovely Calla and it looks a lot like Calla Lily (Zantedeschia elliottiana)
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woofie
Dec 21, 2016 9:39 AM CST
And may I say, that is a lovely flower bed! Smiling
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