May 14, 2012

Colorful bromeliad

Can you see its flower?

5 comments:

walk2write said...

It looks like something that's been handpainted. Just gorgeous! Is the flower at the end of the purple bud?

Robert Sobczak said...

Yes, you found it!

Prem Subrahmanyam said...

Actually, the entire purple thing poking out of the floral bracts is the flower. The sepals are buried somewhere deep inside the bracts, while the three petals form the purple tube-like structure with their ends curled backward. The stamens and pistil protrude out of this tube with the pistil forming the yellowish structure that walk2write misidentified as the flower.

As an aside, there are albino forms of this particular species with yellow bracts and pure white flowers. They are quite pretty in their own right.

---Prem

Robert Sobczak said...

Thanks for your insight, Prem. (This particular dome literally had them on every tree.)

Janie said...

Very pretty! Surprising to see this bright color surrounded by all things green.