|African Violet from Nesrin|
Now I'm curious. Those pretty yellow buttons in the middle of an African Violet blossom are up to something, and I think I know what it's about--violet sex.
|Filaments grow up and press their anthers together. |
The double pods are not visible because of the lighting.
This plant is the one from Nesrin, my Turkish friend. It sits on my kitchen counter. When I make the time, it's lovely to sit and just drink in the details created by this magnificent being. High contrast colors grab the eye immediately--purple and yellow--a stunning combination. The yellow pulls me in. Closer. Deeper. The tiny, yellow, four-bump pod has two stems not one! How can that be?
|Light-colored, swollen ovary at the base of the style. Pollen-bearing|
anthers pressed together on their two filaments.
|Anthers that for some reason did not make the connection--|
one above the style and one below. Some sort of
interruptus, I suppose.