Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 4. Ornithogalum umbellatum

Ornithogalum umbellatum or star-of-Bethlehem is a bulbous plant that can be found in Romanian meadows from mid to late spring and it is related with many familiar garden plants such as hyacinth, bluebells, grape hyacinths and squills.

The petal-like perianth is radially symmetric and consists of six lanceolate tepals, 3 smaller than the other 3, white with a broad green stripe on the underside. From the outside the closed flower appears green with white margins.

An attractive feature of this flower are the 6 stamens with flatten spear-shaped filaments that form a kind of crown around the pistil.

Ovary is superior, star-shaped, of 3 fused carpels with several ovules. 1 style, with a simple stigma.

Close-up on crown-like filaments – Green on the underside of tepals – View on buds and closed flowers

In today’s tutorial we will discover the geometry behind the composition of a 6 star-shaped flower and I will show you how to apply minimal ink hatches to give it a three-dimensional look.


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