Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A lovely mystery

Is this a lily? Is it a type of spider lily? Is it part of the amaryllidaceae family?

It sat on a deck at a botanical garden amid many other plants, very near the carnivorous plants. Is it carnivorous?

Looked through many photos of lilies and carnivorous plants, but did not find any that looked exactly like this plant.

So, for now, it’s a mystery. But a lovely one.

Perhaps it is one of the 800 species belonging to the amaryllidaceae family. They have names that could become a story: Belladonna lily, Naked Lady, Amazon lily, Snowdrop, Rain lily, Christmas Amaryllis, Spider lily, Snowflake, Hurricane flower, Narcissus, Sea Daffodil, Jacobean lily, Zephyr lily.

A painter’s blossom, a writer’s flower, a dancer’s stage…

Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
~ Matthew 6:28-29

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"the-flower-resisting-all-names" could be its name, and you its voice and advocate, solace for it when solitude shakes its roots, your voice its air, light, music to thrive by, unnameable flower categorized by you holding it just so. . .