Daylily flower - It's a short life
(Hemerocallis sp.)

Many flowers have only one day to complete their reproductive opportunity. The daylily is a good example of this behavior. Each flower on a daylily opens in the morning and by late afternoon undergoes rapid senescence (death). The time-lapse movie shown here documents this process with a single daylily flower. The flower stalk was cut from a plant about 5:30 am, put in water and brought indoors to film. The film shows about 20 hours compressed into about 15 seconds.

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