Ever wondered what those weird stalks with bright red/orange berries on top are?, they are the last of the years growth of the Arum Maculatum (Wild Arum, Cuckoo pint, Lords and Ladies etc).
The small yellow berry looking things at the base (in the 2 left side images) are actually the Female flowers, the smaller darker rings above these are the male flowers and the hairs above these are sterile male florets which also act as an insect trap, the purple coloured Spadix gives of an odour to attract small insects.................this plant is not self pollinating, so it requires insects to become attracted to the Spadix, becoming trapped under the hairs, getting pollen on itself (from the male flowers).....and then escaping to other plants to complete the pollination of the female flowers..........pretty complicated and interesting if you ask me!
Finally, at the end of Summer/start of Autumn, everything dies off except the female flowers, which swell into the (first) green, then red/orange berries (which are poisonous), the berries contain the seeds, the years cycle completed.
I created a composite (studio set up with artificial lighting and black background), I wanted to create an image that reminded me of the botany text books I read as a kid........these plants are extremely numerous, so I thought taking liberties with a few was OK.
Thanks for looking, cheers!
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