Peyote Flowers

The word flowers can be an action verb or a plural noun. So, in order to make seed, peyote flowers in the spring and summer. The pollinated peyote flowers then produce seed bearing fruit.

Anyway, this is not an english lesson in botany. But it will be a botany lesson in english. There’s no quiz at the end though. Today’s post is really just an excuse to admire peyote flowers, nouns and verb.

Typically hued peyote flowers with pink petals and pale filaments. (The stems supporting the inner ring of pollen bearing anthers.)

Most peyote has pink flowers. One variation of the species, L. williamsii var. jourdaniana, commonly exhibits dark pink to near violet colors.

Jourdaniana variation of L. Williamsii (Stamen supporting filaments nearly fuchsia colored.)

Another interesting characteristic of the jourdaniana variety is that it often has small spines. Yes, peyote, often referred to as a spineless cactus, can have tiny spines.

L. Williamsii var. jourdaniana showing small spines.

It seems obvious that most of the world’s experts now agree that five actual species presently exist, L. williamsii, L. koehresii, L. fricii, L. diffusa and the most recent species L. alberto-vojtechii. More may possibly be defined in Mexico in the future. Trout’s Notes

Let’s take a look at the other flower variations of the genus Lophophora:

Lophophora diffusa, a distinct peyote species with a small population in Querétero, Mexico. White flowers common to the species.

Lophophora diffusa var. koehresii, a small sub-species with pale flowers.

Lophophora alberto-vojtechii, an even smaller species with disproportionately large pale flowers.

Lophophora fricii, a variation from a small area of Coahuila, Mexico. Growing in limestone debris, they exhibit a deep colored hue of flower petals.

Well that was fun. Looking at peyote flowers is one of my favorite daily activities. I hope you enjoyed this botany lesson in pictures. I barely had to use any english.

For much more information on the botany of peyote and all its varieties, visit Trout’s notes.

Holy medicine. Thank you for the beauty you offer to our eyes and our lives.

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