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Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Arum Lilies in my garden (Tarlton, South Africa) – W&N watercolour and coffee on a textured back-ground
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White or common arum lily (English); Wit varkoor (Afrikaans). 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).
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These plants are native to Southern Africa from South Africa north to Malawi.
Did you know these plants are poisonous? Wikipedia says, “The Zantedeschia species are poisonous due to the presence of calcium oxalate. All parts of the plant are toxic, and produce irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat, acute vomiting and diarrhea. However, leaves are sometimes cooked and eaten.”


26th March 2012 – FEATURED in “Artists Universe”
26th March 2012 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
22nd October 2012 – FEATURED “ARTIST for the month of October 2012” in ‘Artists Universe’
3rd August 2013 – FEATURED in “African Art and Photography”
4th August 2013 – FEATURED in “Everyday Women”
1st November 2014 – FEATURED in “All Glorious Lilies”
22nd March 2015 – FEATURED in “Women Painters”

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