And another thank you to Eric, who again supplies both today’s photograph and write-up:
Another lovely Chilean endemic, species of Rhodophiala are locally known as añañucas. The perennial herbs grow from bulbs. Long strap like leaves to 30 centimeters are present during flowering, often fading before the bloom time is complete. Species have flowers ranging from white and yellow to pink and red. Rhodophiala phycelloides, the red añañuca, has flowers of an intense rich red with a tighter, more tubular form than others in the genus.
This photo shows both flower and fruit. Visible at the base of the plant, the leaves have already faded and dried after storing their nutrients in the bulb for next year’s blooms. Being able to store nutrients from the leaves and keeping them only as long as conditions are favourable is a big advantage for plants in an environment where rain comes for only a brief period.
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