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Name That Flower!

Posted by: Alfred Ng on 05/26/2012 - 2:44 PM

I want to start this tread as to way to help other to learn the name of some uncommon flowers. Often in my travel, I came across plants or trees I haven’t seen before. Maybe with this we all can learn something. Do feel free to add your knowledge with us!

My first one is the city flower of Hong Kong” Bauhinia or also called “Chinese orchid tree”
This plant is thought to be an accidental hybrid between B. purpurea and B. variegata. It was discovered on the seashore of Hong Kong Island in Pok Fu Lam, near the ruins of a house in 1880 by Sir Henry Blake, a British Governor of Hong Kong from 1898 to 1903 and an enthusiastic botanist.
The genus name Bauhinia was given after the 16th century Herbalists Jan and Caspar Bauhin. After the handing back of Hong Kong to China, a special award was created to replace the British Imperial honors. The award is called the Grand Bauhinia Medal, or GBM for short.
The flower of Bauhinia was adopted by the Urban Council as the floral emblem of Hong Kong in 1965 and since 1997 has been part of the flag of Hong Kong and has become the floral emblem for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, and appears on its coins.
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Posted by: Xueling Zou on 05/26/2012 - 2:53 PM

Does any one know the flower I took? Thank you!

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Posted by: Warren Thompson on 05/26/2012 - 3:21 PM

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Al...I got this orchid in Lakeland Florida.

 

Posted by: Rebecca Sherman on 05/26/2012 - 3:31 PM

Xueling, Maybe Alfred can narrow it down, but I think it might be something in the grevillea family.

 

Posted by: Xueling Zou on 05/26/2012 - 4:25 PM

Thank you Rebecca,
I will search it for sure! Have a nice weekend:-)!

 

Posted by: Alfred Ng on 05/26/2012 - 5:13 PM

Xueling,
I haven't seen this one before, there are many flowers out west and we don't have here. looks like the Monarda and it does looks like from the succulents. How big is the plant?

 

Posted by: Xueling Zou on 05/26/2012 - 6:52 PM

Thank you, Alfred! The one I posted above is about a shrub size, about 4 feet tall.

I have another unknown tree, please help:

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Posted by: Alfred Ng on 05/26/2012 - 8:27 PM

Very unusual blooms Xueling but I haven't seen this one before. Does it produce fruites? maybe someone else can name this one?

 

Posted by: Xueling Zou on 05/26/2012 - 8:35 PM

Thank you, Alfred! Maybe it doesn't have fruits, but I really have no idea! I have a lot plant photos I don't know the names. I hope someone will help!!

 

Posted by: Alfred Ng on 05/26/2012 - 9:08 PM

Xueling, I also with flickr ( www.flickr.com ) and belong to a group called " what plant is this?". if you post your photo to that group many can help you with the name.

 

Posted by: Alfred Ng on 05/26/2012 - 10:29 PM

I saw this flower at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It looks a lot like a poppy. It is called “gum rockrose/ Cistus ladanifer. It is a native of the western Mediterranean region. It is indigenous to Spain, Portugal and north-west Africa.

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Posted by: Deborah Smolinske on 05/26/2012 - 11:06 PM

I think Xueling's first flower is a pixie bush

http://www.oznativeplants.com/plantdetail/Pixie-Bush/Eremophila/oldfieldii/ssp-oldfieldii.html

And the second one looks like very early lilac blossoms that haven't opened yet.

 

Posted by: Xueling Zou on 05/27/2012 - 12:00 AM

Hi Deborah,

Thank you so much for your link and your response! They may belong to the same family.

The 2nd one was a very tall tree, I think it was much bigger than the lilac.

 

Posted by: Deborah Smolinske on 05/27/2012 - 12:54 AM

Lilac trees can grow as tall as 30 feet, Xueling.

 

Posted by: Xueling Zou on 05/27/2012 - 1:07 AM

Yes, you are right, but the leaves looked very different. Very green and thicker, heart shaped, and the stems were red color and very strong . The flowers were blooming and looked like little berries, they were not buds. Just liked the way they were, some of them fell off the tree, didn't have any strong scent. The tree looked somewhat like a birch tree.

 

Posted by: SAIGON De Manila on 05/27/2012 - 12:35 PM

this is common but I simply dunno what flower is this...

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Posted by: Rebecca Sherman on 05/27/2012 - 12:39 PM

@Saigon: That is Hymenocallis liriosme/Spider Lily.

http://www.onlineplantguide.com/PlantDetails.aspx?Plant_id=1166

 

Posted by: SAIGON De Manila on 05/27/2012 - 12:52 PM

Thank you Rebecca...now I know what's my new poetry or prose will be themed on this subjective piece of art.

-Saigon

 

Posted by: Deborah Smolinske on 05/27/2012 - 12:54 PM

Xueling, what you describe could still be a lilac tree. Some have heart-shaped leaves, birch-like bark, red stems, and little to no scent. However, what you describe could also be a redbud tree. Google "redbud tree" and see if the images look anything like what you saw.

 

Posted by: Alfred Ng on 05/27/2012 - 1:20 PM

I don't think it is a red bud or lilac, those looks like seeding to me. the flower of the red bud tree come out before the leaves. here is my photo of it.

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Posted by: Xueling Zou on 05/27/2012 - 9:43 PM

Hi Deborah, Thanks for your great help! Maybe it was a different type of lilac, but not the red bud tree. Thank you:-)!

 

Posted by: Xueling Zou on 05/28/2012 - 3:34 PM

Does anyone know this plant? Thank you:-)!!

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Posted by: Deborah Smolinske on 05/28/2012 - 4:26 PM

Looks like a Blue Lupin to me, Xueling.

 

Posted by: Xueling Zou on 05/28/2012 - 4:33 PM

Sorry Deborah, they are not Blue Lupin. This is more tropical plant with big leaves, which looked like the Calla lily's leaves

 

Posted by: Alfred Ng on 05/28/2012 - 9:27 PM

Xueling, it looks like a Bromeliad.

 

Posted by: Xueling Zou on 05/28/2012 - 11:15 PM

Thank you so much Alfred!! Amazing eye you have! I think you are right:-)! I've found the link after I searched "Bromeliad", http://www.flickriver.com/photos/jungle_mama/5209488020/

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Posted by: Phyllis Beiser on 02/27/2014 - 12:27 AM

The flower looks like a violet. Are the leaves broad and heart shaped?

 

Posted by: Rich Franco on 02/27/2014 - 11:26 AM

Warren,

First thought it was a type of Penstemon, but if that is the stem in the back ground,probably not,more clumpy flowers. Was this looking more like a clump of Irises? Could be some type of wild bearded iris,I'll keep looking,

Rich

 

Posted by: Roy Erickson on 02/27/2014 - 11:31 AM

Thank you JD

Warren - a violet - and perhaps a birdfoot violet if the leaves aren't 'heart' shaped but have deep indentations

 

Posted by: JD Grimes on 02/27/2014 - 11:31 AM

@Warren — @Phyllis is correct. This is definitely a violet (Viola sp.). Determining the exact species can be difficult, as there are many that are often similar. If you had a shot of the leaves, that would narrow it down somewhat.

@Rich — The leaves in the background do look like irises or daffodils or some other similar monocotyledon. But they don't belong to the flower.

 

Posted by: Sharon Mau on 02/27/2014 - 3:38 PM


Aloha Warren . . it is
Viola nephrophylla (Northern Bog Violet)

Violaceae

Viola nephrophylla (Northern bog violet; syn. Viola nephrophylla Greene f. albinea Farw., Viola pratincola Greene, Viola retusa Greene ) is an annual or perennial forb in the Violet family (Violaceae) native to North America. Viola nephrophylla was named by Edward Lee Greene in 1896 from specimens he collected near Montrose, Colorado. The species name, nephrophylla, is from the Greek for "kidney shaped leaves"

 

Posted by: Warren Thompson on 02/27/2014 - 3:47 PM

Thanks everyone. This shot was at grass level, Don't think I have any of the violet leaves.
The grass is your basic St. Augustine.

 

Posted by: Sharon Mau on 02/27/2014 - 3:49 PM

. . you're welcome . . .

 

Posted by: Arlene Carmel on 02/27/2014 - 5:52 PM

Can anyone identify this flower for me? I captured it in Florida.

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Posted by: JD Grimes on 02/27/2014 - 6:00 PM

@Arlene — That is bougainvillea.

 

Posted by: Rich Franco on 02/27/2014 - 6:41 PM

JD,

You beat me to it! From Wiki:

"The actual flower of the plant is small and generally white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six bracts with the bright colours associated with the plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow."

Arlene, those red things aren't actually flowers, but bracts or leaves and watch out for thorns,when next to these bushes............

Rich

 

Posted by: Rich Franco on 02/27/2014 - 6:41 PM

JD,

You beat me to it! From Wiki:

"The actual flower of the plant is small and generally white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six bracts with the bright colours associated with the plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow."

Arlene, those red things aren't actually flowers, but bracts or leaves and watch out for thorns,when next to these bushes............

Rich

 

Posted by: Rich Franco on 02/27/2014 - 6:42 PM

Still a Bougainvilla....................double post!

 

Posted by: Mark W Ballard on 02/27/2014 - 6:57 PM

Here's one I first saw yesterday...

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Posted by: RoyD Erickson on 02/28/2014 - 7:42 AM

Warren - as for that violet: http://fnpsblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/say-yes-to-violets.html
appears to be the Viola palmata. The link appears to be mostly about south Florida. It could also be Viola floridana - which seem more ubiquitous around here as the palest of blue flowers - looking white - considered weeds to some. I encourage them.

They are very common around north central Florida - the ones here in my yard are blooming now

 

Posted by: J Morgan Massey on 02/28/2014 - 8:58 AM

I shall name them all - BEAUTIFUL!

 

Posted by: Arlene Carmel on 02/28/2014 - 2:13 PM

JD and Rich, thank you both very much.

 

Posted by: Rich Franco on 02/28/2014 - 3:14 PM

Mark,

I wouldn't get to close to that one! I think I saw it in the "Little Shop of Horrors" movie!

An "Eatum" from the "Eatcha" family..............

Rich

 

Posted by: Rich Franco on 02/28/2014 - 3:14 PM

Arlene,

Very welcome...........

Rich

 

Posted by: Mark W Ballard on 02/28/2014 - 6:18 PM

Thanks Rich...

Has anyone seen my wife? Last I saw her, she was headed out to the flower barn with the pruning shears and all I can find are the shears?? ;)

 

Posted by: Warren Thompson on 03/02/2014 - 9:40 AM

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QUESTION? The grower gave me permission but he said "If my wife was here she would jump up and down"...then under his breath he said to someone else..."if you can take a picture / you can buy it." I can see art as copyrighted,,,but is an object in nature able to be copyrighted?

 

Posted by: Alfred Ng on 03/02/2014 - 11:02 AM

Warren, some of those orchid growers spent years to create a hew orchid so they are rather protective of their plants not unlike artists with their arts.With this one I think they wanted to sell you the plant and knowing once they allowed you to take photos you will not buy it so they lost a sale from you.
I know in some orchid shows there is a special time for photographers only, you should check it out.

 

Posted by: Roy Erickson on 03/02/2014 - 11:22 AM

I think Alfred hit the nail on the head - This doesn't look like a special 'new' hybrid but a rather ordinary purple Cattleya orchid.- so it's the lost sale.

 

Posted by: Rich Franco on 03/02/2014 - 11:47 AM

Warren,

What Alfred and Roy said is good advice. If you are at a public space and something open to the general public, you can photograph anything. But of course, you can't use those images for commercial purposes either. If you are spending a lot of time shooting images at a nursery, then I would also purchase something from them too, as a thank you. Which I have done when I photographed some of these images, a few years ago:

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That is you can photograph ALMOST anything,unless Monsanto is involved!!! LOL!

Rich

 

Posted by: Warren Thompson on 03/02/2014 - 1:41 PM

Thanks Al, Roy and Rich. I will learn from you.

Think I would have respected this guy more if he had a no photo policy and put up a sign...
than his sarcasm and talking under his breath.

 

Posted by: Alfred Ng on 03/02/2014 - 1:55 PM

Warren, I been to many of those orchid shows, most of those growers are very friendly and helpful with advices of how to grow orchids but when they knew you are not there to buy only to take photos they might give you the cold shoulder. They think you are taking up their time and their booth spaces. They needed to sell. it is like when I in an art show someone came just wanted tips on how to paint.

 

Posted by: Melissa Bittinger on 03/02/2014 - 2:00 PM

Okay, I know this is a tulip but I tried to search what kind with no luck. Any suggestions? Also, couldn't find one with the tri colored leaf "thingy" either.....what is that exactly?

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Posted by: JD Grimes on 03/02/2014 - 4:45 PM

Melissa, the little leafy thing looks to be a second flower bud that hadn't yet opened, or wasn't fully developed. Maybe an aberration where the plant got mixed up and grew a leaf that was partly a flower bud.

 

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