Amaryllis belladonna petal tips

M. Gastil-Buhl
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:50:08 PDT
For years I have admired the Amaryllis without ever noticing these  
barbs at the tips of the tepals. I had to rush out and check my last  
few blooming. (The white are still in bloom; the pink faded weeks  
ago.) I can just barely see these and tried to get a photo but my  
photo is not as sharp as David's.…

It is hard to imagine what advantage these tiny barbs could serve the  
flower. Maybe they help a pollinator perch without slipping off?

- Gastil

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