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Hippeastrum is a popular bulb flower for indoor growing. The bulb is tender and should not be exposed to frost, but is otherwise easy to grow, with large rewards for small efforts, especially those that bloom inside during the winter months. The very large, decorative flowers can also be grown outside in temperate areas. Most hippeastrum bulbs are between 5–12 cm (2"–5") in diameter and produce two to seven long-lasting evergreen or deciduous leaves that are 30–90 cm (12"–36") long and 2.5–5 cm (1"–2") wide. The flower stem is erect, 30–75 cm (12"–30") tall, 2.5–5 cm (1"–2") in diameter and is hollow. Depending on the species, it bears two to fifteen large flowers, each of which is 13–20 cm (5"–8") across with six brightly colored tepals (three outer sepals and three inner petals) that may be similar in appearance or very different. Some species are epiphytic (Hippeastrum calyptratum, Hippeastrum aulicum, Hippeastrum arboricola and some others) and need good air circulation around their roots. Research shows that respiration doubles with each 10 °C increase in temperature.


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sttweets 11 years ago

Thank you!

Tweact 11 years ago

Excellent macro work!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Nicely showing inside throat of flower... neat pictures of Stigma and Anther parts... Good to learn a lot from this spotting..!!

sttweets 11 years ago

Thank you @Rivu

rivu.ghorai 11 years ago

beautiful macro photography!!!!

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Spotted on Feb 3, 2010
Submitted on Jul 15, 2011

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