Rhodophiala phycelloides

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.

Biology resource link (added by Daniel): Morphbank “is a continuously growing database of images that scientists use for international collaboration, research and education. Images deposited in Morphbank document a wide variety of research including: specimen-based research in comparative anatomy, morphological phylogenetics, taxonomy and related fields focused on increasing our knowledge about biodiversity.”

Rhodophiala phycelloides

8 responses to “Rhodophiala phycelloides”

  1. Martha

    Wonderful and amazing – the kind of beauty that only nature can get away with.

  2. annie morgan

    So different from the amaryllis whose leaves come up after the flower blooms and have to be nurtured for three or four months while the bulb is getting its strength from them. Nature is so strange and wonderful.
    Such a fascinating website you have.

  3. Michael F

    Tried Morphbank, somewhat disappointing – very slow to load search results, and if one enters a genus name in the search box, the results come up rather randomly, not fully in alphabetical order as one would expect. And a lot of the photos, I’ve seen elsewhere before (notably all the Forest and Kim Starr pics from Hawaii, which seem to dominate the search results heavily).

  4. harriss

    the seed pods remind me of jatropha- are they explosive?

  5. charlene Pidgeon

    stunning plant and handsome photographic composition. Is this plant related to the “Peruvian Lily” as we know them by their common name? The seed pods look similar…

  6. Sue Vargas

    Your link to Morphbank was a real eye opener! Wow, what a group of images. Totally amazing.
    Thanks Daniel!

  7. mallu

    daniel thanks friend for showing nice plant
    mallikarjun ibrahimpur

  8. elizabeth a airhart

    this is fine picture and plant
    in searching i came upon this site
    the alpine garden club of bc
    lots of pictures and reading
    link to this site yes i know you know
    daniel and eric but brand new to me
    we really did have a freeze in florida
    22 degrees is just plain cold

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