Three years later, this particular lily of the Nile bloomed with several more similarly fasciated flower stalks. (It split during the past three years.) Others within the same colony also exhibit fasciated bloom though. They all may be genetically identical.

Tony Tomeo

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Floral fasciation is a rare developmental disfigurement of a bloom, supposedly caused by the fusion of two or more blooms. Many fasciated blooms really do look like two blooms stuck together, like double daisies. Alternatively, fasciation can cause distention of a single flower of many on a foral spike of foxglove.

Fasciation of lily-of-the-Nile bloom is typically expressed merely as a few stray florets on the otherwise bare stalk below the main floral truss. A smaller subordinate stalk may seem to be fused to the main stalk below the stray florets.

The specimen in the picture above is exceptional. It really does look like a double bloom, with one stacked on top of the other. The atypically short and stout stem looks like a tightly fused bundle of several smaller stems. Those who do not know better might find the more billowy and more colorful fasciated bloom to be moreā€¦

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4 thoughts on “Fasciated Lily-of-the-Nile

    1. Oh, hello! I have not heard from you in a while. I am sorry if I missed your posts.
      LIly of the NIle is so common here that some of us dislike it as cheap and common. However, some of us appreciate it. It seems to me that it is easier to appreciate now that it is not as common as it had been.

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