Are all the dark parts staminate, both the little elephant-trunk-shaped protuberances above and those banana-shaped prongs below? Does the pollen spill from the holes on the ends? And is that green wormy thing in the middle, the one with the fluffy petticoat, the pistil? I'm just guessing!
The Closed (or Bottle) Gentian, a close relative, won't be blooming for several weeks yet. We found some budding plants of Closed Gentian and puzzled and puzzled over what these five-petaled green "flowers" could be, until we saw the tiny blue-tinged nubs within, where the real flower buds are pushing through.