Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: Why are these anthers on the same plant so DIFFERENT?

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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Apr 3, 2018 6:44 AM CST
Please educate me if you can. This is Rilona, - both flowers are on the same plant and it has just bloomed. Look at the anthers - on one flower they are very long and do not have any pollen. On the other flower, the anthers are short and loaded with pollen. Does anyone know why? I may go crazy if I don't understand why. Whistling


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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Apr 3, 2018 1:33 PM CST
Correction: there is some pollen on those long anthers - not a lot, but some.
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Name: Barbara
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bsharf
Apr 3, 2018 2:26 PM CST

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What I believe that you are seeing is normal aging of the flower. The first 24-30 hours that the flowers are open, the anthers have that long "shield" on them, which will fall away, exposing the pollen filled anther underneath. Also the three-lobed stigma is still closed when the flower first opens. To me, the top two photos are of a newly opened flower with the shields on the anthers and the closed stigma. I think one or two of the shields has already fallen off. The two lower photos are of a flower which could be a day older: the shields on the anthers are gone and the 3 lobes of the stigma have spread apart, the stigma elongates, the anthers and stigma curve upward. Also, the lower flower looks older since the edges have ruffled and it just looks "showier". Occasionally, the shields don't fall off and I gently remove them. Maybe that's what you are seeing. However, that is more often seen in doubles that have strange reproductive parts. Without seeing the actual plant, this is all speculation on my part. Anyone else have any ideas?
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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Apr 4, 2018 6:54 AM CST
oooo - that might make good sense - I will go take another look and see if anything has changed -- a coworker, who works out in our shop fell in love with it, so I moved it way out back to her workstation for her - I will make the trek back there later today and see if anything has changed -- will let you know! THANKS! Thank You!
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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Apr 4, 2018 2:18 PM CST
@bsharf - you were right on - I went back and checked them again, and those long anthers are now just the size of the short ones, and full of pollen. Thank you for the education!! Thank You!
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Name: Barbara
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bsharf
Apr 4, 2018 3:05 PM CST

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Your photos demonstrated that the flower's reproductive structures have perfect timing for optimal pollination, fertilization and seed production. Perhaps you could take another photo of a Rilona flower which is "collapsing" at the end of the blooming cycle. I think that a series of photos showing the normal aging of an Amaryllis flower, with a short explanation, would make a good submission for the NGA weekly newsletter. I'm sure that other people wonder about the odd looking anthers.
Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Apr 5, 2018 8:53 AM CST
@bsharf - I never thought of that - I think I will do that - Just got this new iPhone 9 never even had a smart phone before - and I have been playing around with the great camera on it, so I just think I will do that!
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