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Calla Lily, Common Calla Zantedeschia aethiopica
FAMILY: ARACEAE (Aroid Family)
When is a lily not a lily? When it's a calla lily Zantedeschia aethiopica, for one! Many flowers are called lilies, but only plants of the Liliacea family are the real thing. Lilies usually have six separate petals, but the calla lily gives itself away with its single white "petal," which is actually a modified leaf called a spathe. It turns back to reveal the central yellow spike that is this plant's true flower.
Found in marshes of South Africa, the calla lily may be a pretender, but those large, velvety white trumpets are too pretty to question!