Aug. 18, 2017


Thinking of the way gay wings delight us with their image made me feel like they are the visual expression of umami.  Umami, our fifth kind of taste, was a word nominalized (a new word I learned looking this stuff up) from the Japanese word for delicious.  These are delicious to see.  On the other hand, they don't much remind me of glutamate.

Perhaps one reason I think of them as shy is that many of their flowers never open.  Those flowers grow at the base of the stem, often underground, and are self fertilizing.