Lily of the valley
Convallaria majalis

f22 @ 1/100s, ISO:1250, Nikon D3S w 60mm micro


"Lily of the valley," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Lily of the valley, sometimes written lily-of-the-valley,is a sweetly scented, highly poisonous woodland flowering plant that is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia, and Europe.C. majalis is a herbaceous perennial plant that forms extensive colonies by spreading underground stems called rhizomes. New upright shoots are formed at the ends of stolons in summer, these upright dormant stems are often called pips. These grow in the spring into new leafy shoots that still remain connected to the other shoots under ground, often forming extensive colonies. The stems grow to 1530 cm tall, with one or two leaves 1025 cm long, flowering stems have two leaves and a raceme of 515 flowers on the stem apex. The flowers have six white tepals (rarely pink), fused at the base to form a bell-shape, 510 mm diameter, and sweetly scented; flowering is in late spring, in mild winters in the Northern Hemisphere it is in early March. The fruit is a small orange-red berry 57 mm diameter that contains a few large whitish to brownish colored seeds that dry to a clear translucent round bead 13 mm wide. Plants are self-sterile, and colonies consisting of a single clone do not set seed.
North Falmouth, Massachusetts
 
05/14/2015