ARUM LILY (Zantedeschia aethiopica)

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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W&N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm
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Wit varkoor (Afrikaans); intebe (Xhosa) ihlukwe (Zulu)
Family: Araceae (Arums, Anthurium, Caladium and Philodendron)
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My Arums started flowering a couple of weeks ago and the rain we have had over the weekend will certainly give them a push-start for the rest of the summer.
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The common arum is found from the Western Cape through the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and into Limpopo Province in South Africa. It is evergreen or deciduous depending on the habitat and rainfall regime. In the Western Cape it is dormant in summer and in the summer rainfall areas it is dormant in winter. It will remain evergreen in both areas if growing in marshy conditions which remain wet all year around.
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Now, here’s the thing… The striking arum lily “flower” is actually many tiny flowers arranged in a complex spiral pattern on the central column (spadix). The tiny flowers are arranged in male and female zones on the spadix. The top 7 cm are male flowers and the lower 1.8 cm are female. If you look through a hand-lens you may see the stringy pollen emerging from the male flowers which consist largely of anthers. The female flowers have an ovary with a short stalk above it, which is the style (where the pollen is received). The spadix is surrounded by the white or coloured spathe. The whiteness of the spathe is not caused by pigmentation, but is an optical effect produced by numerous airspaces beneath the epidermis.



28th June 2013 – SOLD 1 Photographic Print – thank you to the buyer!


8th October 2011 – FEATURED in “Painters Universe”
12th October 2011 – FEATURED in “Aquatic Flowers and Hydrangeas”
15th October 2011 – FEATURED in “Dutch Showcase”
17th October 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Aquatic Flowers and Hydrangea TRADITIONAL ART” in ‘Aquatic Flowers & Hydrangeas’
3rd November 2011 – FEATURED in All Glorious Lilies
10th September 2013 – FEATURED in “Gorgeous Flower Cards”
11th September 2013 – FEATURED by RedBubble in “EXPLORE”

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