Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 8. Gloriosa superba

In today’s tutorial I’m sketching the gorgeous flower of Gloriosa superba. It is obvious that whoever saw it for the first time and name it made use of all the superlatives he remembered and rightly did so. Native to southern Africa and India it’s also called flame lily or fire lily due to it’s wavy, yellow-red flamboyant tepals. The leaves are of a vivid green, lanceolate in form and ending in a tendril. The stalks are also bright green, smooth and shining.

It has 6 stamens spreading out at right angles from the base of the ovary. The ovary is superior, oval and three-lobed, from its tip extends the pistil also almost at right angle. Stigma is divided in three.

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