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Fireball Lily / Blood Flower


Fireball Lily / Blood Flower
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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-29
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-04 10:41
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Points: 10
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Today I want to start my new series on all the beautiful wild flowers I’ve been collecting.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did taking these photos.

My first one is the Fireball Lily/Blood Flower.
Last Saturday while we were birding we came across these beautiful flowers in the bush and they are called Fireball Lily or Blood Flower. Unfortunately some of the flowers were already dead at the base of the flower but I was thrilled to have seen it in the bush.

A spherical cluster packed with as many as 200 individual flowers atop an upright, leafless stem account for the perennial Scadoxus multiflorus' common name of fireball lily. This striking South African native belongs to the same plant family as amaryllis lilies, popular winter holiday gifts in the Northern Hemisphere. Even when not in flower, fireball lily produces a long-lasting foliage display.

Native Habitat
The blood lily (Scadoxus multiflorus) species grows in several habitats from open grasslands and shady riverbanks to woodland edges and savanna and mountain forests. It tolerates all but the driest conditions. Fireball lily, as a blood lily subspecies, thrives across South Africa's Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces into Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique

History
Fireball lily and the other eight plants comprising the Scadoxus plant genus once belonged to the Haemanthus -- translated as "blood flower" -- genus. Nineteenth-century botanist Constantine Samuel Rafinesque reclassified the plants into the new genus based on his observations about some slight variations. The fireball lily's subspecies name katharinae comes from Lady Katharine Saunders, a British plant collector and botanical artist. She emigrated to South Africa at the age of 30 in 1854.

Foliage
Fireball lily bulbs produce as many as nine erect leaves each year. The leaves join at the base to form a false stem as much as 1 inch thick. This stem typically has purple mottling. The lily's leaves themselves are green, with wavy edges and noticeable midribs. They surround the false stem in a symmetrical fashion. Leaves on mature plants can be more than 2 feet long with a nearly 4-foot spread.

Flowers
Fireball lily blooms from one to two weeks in late summer to early fall. Its spherical flower cluster crowns a leafless stalk rising from the basal foliage. Plants in full flower may stand nearly 4 feet high. Star-shaped blossoms pack individual clusters measuring up to 10 inches across. The flowers' brilliant orange-red petals and long, yellow-anthered stamens combine to create the lily's distinctive fireball appearance. Green berries following the blooms ripen to bright red between late winter and spring, persisting as long as two months.

Growing Conditions
Fireball lilies thrive in partial to full shade. Evergreen in their native habitats, they are suitable outdoor plants in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and higher, where winter temperatures remain above freezing. In colder regions, they're eye-catching container and indoor plants. The lilies require well-drained soil with generous amounts of compost or leaf mold. Periodic feeding with a liquid fertilizer keeps them at their best. Actively growing fireball lilies need consistently moist -- never saturated -- soil. Good drainage is essential to get these lilies through the winter where rains are heavy.

Source: Facts/eHow.com

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-04 12:58]

Hi Natley,very nice and strange flower,never seen before,and a great pic whit the top quality of sharpness and colors,the best way to discover this beauty.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Natley,
fine capture of this wild flower with a well chosen POV and wonderful colours. I also like the good sharpness and your informative note.
Best wishes,
Helmut

amazing one, I wish to see it in nature, TFS Ori

Bonjour Natley,
Très bonne valorisation du sujet dans une belle lumière et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

Hi Natley,
A Beautiful capture with prominent colours, very good detail and a BG that put emphasis on the flower. Well done.
Love,
Carl

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