Here's the rest of this story. False aloe flowers have two stages. First comes the time of active stamens, seen on the wildflower page. The the pistil, the white thing you see here, is revealed. The anthers are now finished and withering. This of course helps limit self pollination. These flowers grow along an unbranched stem around head high. They appear sequentially, so it is still possible to have flowers at different stages open at the same time. Not a perfect plan? Or just hedging its bets?