fritillaria experts to the rescue

Jane McGary
Sun, 25 Apr 2010 19:24:22 PDT
Anne Marie asked,

>     Hi, all. I am wondering if any of you can talk to me about 
> these wondrous cups of liquid inside the bell-shaped flowers of 
> fritillaria. Are these unique to the imperialis varieties? A woman 
> I'm profiling referred to them as "tears of mary." Have any of you 
> ever heard this expression?
>     What is the liquid--is it nectar?

Yes, these usually oval parts of the Fritillaria tepal are the 
nectaries, and the liquid is the nectar.

Jane McGary

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