The nodding flower of Ornithoglossum vulgare shown here has dark purple tepal tips that are paler and maroon coloured in the mid-section where they recurve; nearly white at the base. Flower colour in this species is variable between purple and dull green, the distribution area of the plant being large and diverse.
The pouch-like, dark nectary near the base of each tepal can be clearly observed on this specimen. The curved filaments are thicker in their middle sections where they are covered in scattered, tiny, maroon spots. The filaments are white at the base and maroon near the buff, oblong, ridged anthers they carry. The style branch colouring is similar to that of the filaments in having three differently coloured sections.
Blooming comes late in winter to mid-spring (www.pacificbulbsociety.org).