Sunday, July 11, 2010

Lipstick: Strawberry Flower

Ornamental Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa 'Lipstick')

'Lipstick' is an ornamental strawberry with flowers that bear the color of guess what?  Answer: A beautiful dark pink worthy to be a lipstick color.   

Although this flower is named by the attributes of its petals I can't resist mentioning about its other parts.  Apart from the color, this flower is representative of the other strawberry varieties.   It has five petals and five sepals seen in between the petals from the top view.  The tiny spoon-like structures are the stamens. In the center is yellow sponge-like gynoecium (ancient Greek gyne meaning woman; and oikos meaning house) which is made us of many free carpels.  In other words the sponge-like center is the female part of the flower. 

Happy Sunday everyone!

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