arum lily


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

arum lily

the plant Arum maculatum. It is a remarkable example of COEVOLUTION in that the shoot is modified to form a large, foul-smelling BRACT which is attractive to small flies. The bract (or spathe) is swollen at its base, which encloses the male and female flowers. Once attracted by the spathe, flies carrying pollen enter the swollen bract chamber searching for nectar, and so pollinate the female flower. CROSS-POLLINATION is ensured by differential maturation times for male and female flowers; when the flies leave they carry pollen from the male flowers which have ripened while the flies were in the chamber. The fact that the arum lily has many VERNACULAR NAMES, such as lords-and-ladies, jack-in-the-pulpit, cuckoo-pint, demonstrates the importance of BINOMIAL NOMENCLATURE.
References in periodicals archive ?
Strictly speaking, it is an inflorescence, because Amorphophallus produces a spadix like the arum lily (Zantedeschia), and is a member of the same family (the Araceae).
The provisional list includes such garden favourites as jasmine, lavender, agapanthus, holly, English ivy, freesias, arum lily, certain native wattles, English broom and buddleias.
Invisible ties drawing her to the man are momentarily broken, enabling her to dance an airy solo: he demonstrates how high he can jump before she spins back to her arum lily. Pavane, ignoring the dramatic potential of the music's dedication to a dead infanta, is fragrantly pretty.
Preliminary research in Meeuse's laboratory indicates that glyphosate leads to abnormalities in arum lily flowering, presumably by interfering with salicylic acid production.
A Opium poppy B Laburnum C Arum lily D Deadly nightshade QUESTION 7 - for 7 points: Actor Jeff Goldblum plays an expert in which field in the Independence Day films?
Around the barrel pond there are pots of colourful cannas, colocasia and arum lily Picasso, the hibiscu1s bluebird flowers profusely, with tithonia 'The Torch', an orange multi-stemmed Mexican sunflower.
Damp ground is a valuable wildlife habitat and there are plenty of plants which will thrive happily with wet feet, including bugle (Ajuga reptans), Siberian iris, lobelia, Arum lily and globeflower.
For a waterside edge the magnificent arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), known also as the Easter Lily, is now out and proud.
Today's key flower ingredient is the calla or arum lily, also known as Zantedeschia.
THIS exquisite arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is a wonderful variety that flowers all summer with beautiful pure white flowers carried above 45cm-long basal leaves.
p Zantedeschia Zwartzwalder: A wonderful hybrid form of arum lily with spotted leaves and deep purple, funnel-shaped spathes on 20cm (8in) stems.
Some plants are simply amazing - especially lobelia and arum lily which, if left in deep water in the garden pond, will survive very low temperatures.