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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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks Barbara! I don’t know much about the UK flowers do share with us some more unusual ones we might not had know.
Last year, when I was in San Francisco I captive by this beautiful flowering tree and they were everywhere and the blooms was a lot like the wisteria I used to seeing. It is called “fountain bush” (fabaceae psoralea pinnata).
Xueling - sorry it was the tree image I was referring to when I suggested Sea Grape!
Alfred, I'll certainly try to find some. However, to be honest, I imagine most of what we have here is common in much of North America - either accidental imports or not. Perhaps I need to look at some wild flowers to post. Love the Fountain Bush!
Do you know this one, the Jade Vine? I love the turquoise flower. I think it is the only flower in that color I know of.
Strongylodon macrobotrys, commonly known as jade vine, emerald vine or turquoise jade vine.
Hi Deborah, thank you! But I don't think so, I just did a search, the leaves shape and colors are totally different. The leaves of this plant has burgundy and blueish green color pattern on it. But thank you. You do know so many plants for sure:-)!
Xueling, I started a set in my gallery called " unforgettable flowers" I will post photos of some unusual flowers. Here is my lastest.
I saw these delicate white flowers at a fast food restaurant’s parking lot. There was a whole carpet of them. These tiny white flowers look a lot like baby’s breath but slightly bigger and about 6” tall. . It is called “snow in the summer”. . It gets their common name from their blooming habit. They bloom profusely in the early summer, and the flowers are a pristine white with little notches cut into them. Cerastium tomentosum is as admired for its delicate, wooly, silver leaves as for its flowers.
What a beautiful name and your capture is gorgeous! I love it, and I can imagine the snowy feeling in a hot summer day...
Yes, I took so many unknown plants, I haven't had a chance to look at them. I will slowly post them, since I know you are one of the most knowledgable artists for plants here:-)! So nice to know you, Alfred:-)!!
This tiny perennial grows on the walls of my garden and is one of my favourite wildflowers. The flowers measure about 5mm across. As the seeds develop the seed head starts to grow toward the shade and so is able to deposit the seed in cracks. It is edible but I have never tried it - I don't think it grows naturally outside Europe.
The following text is just for additional reference and possible help...
Just to let folks here know, I've noticed that there are groups on Flickr, that will try and help you identify plants, insects, and animals. Many of the members may be experts working in a scientific field related to the subject. Here is one group I belong to called "What plant is that?"... http://www.flickr.com/groups/whatplantisthat/
About What plant is that? So some kinda botanical wonder caught your eye, and you snapped a photo of it -- but what kind of plant is it?
Submit your photos of unidentified plants, and let's see if anyone else can put a name to it. Alternatively, if you wanna show what you know check out the plants which haven't been identified yet.
Guidelines Please read and follow these guidelines.
Please post photos to the group pool! Please do not start a new thread in discussion.
Tag it up! When you add your plant, tag it with unidentifiedplant.
If your plant is successfully identified, delete the "unidentifiedplant" tag.
The tagging should make it easy to find plants which are yet to be identified and prevent them from getting lost in the archives of the group.
Respond to potential identifications
When someone leaves a suggested ID, let them know you've read it by responding. If you don't agree, say so and say why! The best way to get a plant identified is to get into a discussion over it.
Each group member is limited to 6 images per day. If you have more than 6plants to be identified, post the first 6 and then the next 6 the next day and so on. This is so that members only posting one or two images are not lost in the wilderness!
Please keep it to one or two clear shots of each plant: macros are beautiful but are harder to identify, and multiple shots of the same plant won't necessarily make the identification easier.
Voodoo Lily (Amorphallus Konjac) is native to the Eatern Asia and with its scent of death and decay. I saw this plant in bloom last year in my local green house and the flower was almost four foot tall. it is one of the rare flowers I seen or smell.
The best way to find out Xueling, is to click on the link embedded in my post above (repeated below) and see how far you get. You probably will need to join the Flickr group to interact but in any case it's entirely free. You can even put up to 200 images on Flickr for free. If you want to keep more than that, you will need to pay around $24 per year. If you put more than 200 images on Flickr without a paying membership, they just move your oldest image into storage. It's still in the archive and if you deleted an image your old would be restored automatically.
. . here is a lovely unusual flowering succulent . . Pedilanthus bracteatus (Slipper plant) grows to around 6 feet tall (up to 9 feet in habitat), this upright succulent branches from the base and has narrow cylindrical green stems with ovate leaves, with a thick prominent mid-vein on the lower surface, that are just near the branch tips . . it is very unusual and quite beautiful . . The name Pedilanthus comes from the Greek words 'pedil' meaning shoe and 'anthos' meaning 'flower" . . In the warmth of late spring and summer appear the curiously shaped red cyathia (flower structures containing separate male and female parts) are enclosed in rounded reddish pink bracts near the branch tips. Pollination in the genus Pedilanthus is commonly effected by hummingbirds . . We don't have Hummingbirds here on Maui and so I wonder how they are pollinated .
The Chinese tree peony has an important meaning in Chinese culture,it repesents “wealth and good fortune”. Often, I would see them planted by the houses in Chinatown.Having a Chinese tree peony by ones’ house are mean to welcome wealth and good luck into ones’ home. I meet an old chinese couple they have a 50 years old Chinese tree peony and very year producs over 50 blooms. They told me it was one of the first plant they planted when they first brough their house.
I panted one in our garden about 15 years ago and this spring it has over 100 blooms.
SAIGON DeCastro, I've seen your spider lily growing in the wild in Fausse Point State Park, near New Iberia, LA. I don't know if an Arcadian/Cajun flavor in your poetry would be botanically appropriate, much less poetically appropriate, but I love the sound/melody/rhythm of the Cajun accents. I lived in Beaumont, Texas, sort of the western limit of Cajun country, for about 5 years.
My unusual flower submission: Greater Fringed Blue Gentian (with inchworm)
. . good morning Xueling . . . it is a challenge to know exactly what variety it is for your image is like digital art and the colours are enhanced . . yet the form and structure reveal the plant in your image may be a small young Agave .
. I would need to see the original unprocessed image to be sure but it appears to be an Agave . . We have them here on Maui and when they are growing in a naturalized state they become quite huge with a width of about ten feet or more and produce a flower spike - a central stalk or "pole" that can be over thirty feet high . inflorescence of the agave are very beautiful . . . the thorny edges of the "leaves" are very razor sharp . . I have a keiki growing in a stone pot . I call it a sharp and keep it segregated in the garden from my tropical flowers I must take care not to walk too close or it will slice my skin and it really hurts or to brush it with my dress for it will rip it to shreds . nature's defense works perfectly . . . . I have kept it in the stone pot to contain it's small size . . about 1 foot . . if I were to place it into the ground it would require an enormous foot print . .
Here is a photograph of the inflorescence of Agave sisalana Perrine Sisal Hemp photographed in Kanaio on Maui
Plant Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Family Agavaceae Century-plant family
Genus Agave L. agave
Species Agave sisalana Perrine sisal hemp
Wherever you see Sisal on the island you will know someone has lived in that area at one time. These beauties are growing mauka at upper elevations near Kanaio and Ulupalakua. The deep blue background is the beautiful morning sky and pacific ocean far down below . . The strong thin fibers of the spiny leaves are harvested for plaiting and weaving mats and other useful articles and crafts. This plant is considered an invasive noxious species in the Hawaiian islands.
Golden dewdrop (Duranta erecta) is a species of flowering shrub in the verbena family Verbenaceae, native from Mexico to South America and the Caribbean. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical gardens throughout the world, and has become naturalized in many places. It is considered an invasive species in Australia, China, South Africa and on several Pacific Islands. Common names include Golden Dewdrop, Pigeon Berry, and Skyflower.
Anemone blandas blue star flower early in the season providing long-lasting colour and their delicate, simple flowers with their numerous yellow stamens are very endearing. Anemone blandas naturalize well so be sure to plant them under trees and shrubs or amongst perennials for early season colour.
I was at a short trip last week and came across this flowering tree near the hotel. It has tiny yellow flowers. At night the flowers had a sweet scent. I had not seen this one before and later I posted on the flickr group "What plant is that" and I was told it was a Elaeagnus umbellata, also referred to as Japanese silverberry,umbellate oleaster, autumn-olive, autumn elaeagnus,or spreading oleaster,is a species of Elaeagnus native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas east to Japan. Because airborne nitrogen can be fixed in its roots, it has the capability to grow in infertile habitats.
This unusual hibiscus comes fromEast Africa and is also known as the Coral Hibiscus, Japanese lantern hibiscus. The slender stems grow tall and upright quite rapidly and will reach around 2 meters and then arch over to form what could be best described as a pendulous canopy.
Thank you Sharon and Alfred!! I checked both Wild Sweet Pea, Purple Peavine or Wild Sweet Pea, Lathyrus eucosmus, no of them showed the same vine I saw. It was very tall, climbed on top of the 2nd floor building.
@Alfred, Your hibiscus capture is amazing! I don't think I saw this kind before, gorgeous:-)! Thanks for sharing:-)!
This one's name is echinopsis eyriesii, gymnocalycium mihanovichii, echinopsis, gymnocalycium. Lol, I don't know how to pronounce them, but I captured them from our neighbor's front garden. It only blooms in the evening (one night only) once a year.
Solandra maxima, also known as Cup of Gold Vine, Golden Chalice Vine, or Hawaiian Lily, is a vigorous vine which is endemic to Mexico and Central America. It has very large yellow flowers and glossy leaves.
I noticed many had mis-labled/tag Mums as Dahlias or Dahlias as Mums.
Dahlias and Chrysanthemums (Mum) have similar flowers at first glance. They both have multiple forms, from single, flat-pedaled flowers with a visible eye to pompon and anemone forms. Dahlias, however, bloom in midsummer right into late fall and the color range from soft pastel to eye-catching color except true blue. The blooms range from 1/2 inch wide to over 12 inches. In contrast, Chrysanthemums bloom when summer days shorten, from early to late fall. Their flowers are also smaller, staying 2 to 6 inches wide, and have a slightly narrower range of color, from reds to warm purples, yellows and even bronze.
Here are some examples:
Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed) is a species of milkweed native to eastern North America. It is a perennial plant growing to 0.3–1 metre (10 in–3 ft 3 in) tall, with clustered orange or yellow flowers from early summer to early fall.
Yes, they look like bells. Maybe had scents, but I had allergies, won't smell anything then:-(... The leaves were small, kind of oval shape, but looked dry. The one was in my images was taller than 6 feet. some others were taller than that one I captured.
I love the Catalpa tree, Catalpa is a handsome tall tree with large heart-shaped, sharp pointed leaves. In late spring produces showy white or yellow flowers not unlike the Rhododendren. The long fruits which resemble a slender bean pod.
Alfred if anyone could assist in naming this flower, I'd apprecaite it, found growing wild along a canal path in London a few years ago, ive not altered the colors at all but it might be looking slightly bleeched out as it was very bright sun that day if I remember.
Alfred, I'm not sure if anyone commented about your red bud picture or not...but it is a red bud. I can tell by the leaves. Sometimes the leaves will start to come out before the flowers have gone away.
Leslie, it is OK, It happens to all of us.
Here is today's flower:
Borage, (Borago officinalis), also known as a starflower, is an annual herb originating in Syria, but naturalized throughout the Mediterranean region, as well as Asia Minor, Europe, North Africa, and South America. This plant was thought to be native of Assyria, but is probably of North African origin, where there are other Borago species. It grows to a height of 60–100 cm.
Alfred, the pink Anemone is beautiful. I did a lot of browsing in my A-Z plant book, which I dusted down and now keep close, to find the specific name of the White Japanese Anemone. There were several with slightly different shapes and sizes and therefore different names. This is a good way of retaining info specific to flowers and I suppose helps people find a particular flower image that they want. I think Gregory suggested for me to organise my work in this way, a while back, just havn't gotten around to it.
I recognised that beautiful carpet of Petunias right away though.
I think the Catalpa flower is what I snapped at the Botanic gardens lately what do you think? It wasn't a tree though!
Maria, Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo. I never seen the Catalpa with pink flowers before which got me doing some research on the net. this is what I found:
Farges catalpa is an rare plant that was found by western dendrologists in China in early 20th century. Forma decluxii is a unique plant that deserves attention when in full blooms. Its flowers are formed in up right panicle larger than on Northern catalpa , lilac to pink in color with conspicuous yellow and red blotches in the throat. Blooming time is early July.
How tall is this plant?
Gloriosa rothschildiana or Gloriosa Lilies are a climbing member of the Lily family, which are natives of South Africa. (The plant was name after Lord Rothschild, a garden lover and plant collector; in fact many plants were name after him). Some common names include climbing lily, gloriosa lily, flame lily and glory lily. All parts of plant including root stock are poisonous if ingested.
Love Gloriosa lily! Looks really intricate. If my pink/purple plant is what you say,I will re name it. I think it must have been about 6ft/1.8m high.
Anyone familiar with this flower? It belongs to a shrub with dark green semi glossy leaves.The flowers are tiny and look like little stars from a distance which flower in tiny clusters of up to about 5. It reminds me a little of the hawthorn flower but i don't think it is. It could be an Australian native.
Maria, the young Catalpa tree can produces flowers as well. There is one on my street is about 5' tall and is in blooms with white flower. ther eare many flowers in Australian we don't have over here. you should try the Australian botanical gardens there, many batanical gardens post photos of plants there.
Thank you Deborah! I did search "Russelia equisetiformis", they look like a same family, but I haven't found an exactly same plant like the one I took, the branches were hardy, and the "pine needles" were much shorter.
Well what do you know..I was locking a door in work which opens out onto a japanese garden where the students eat lunch and what did i see not only one of the shrubs i was trying to name
( the snow white one) but there was 3 of them!! amazing what you pass every day without noticing. There was no label on them but a colleague has one in her garden and is going to find the name for me. I have an idea to name every plant/shrub/tree in my garden. i reckon i will be surprised at the number and variety.
Barbara Thankyou, tea bush , never even heard of it! This thread is becoming a real gardening thread, a mix of art and gardening :)
barbara, I went to the tea bush page for more info and thought that the image of the flower wasn't exactly like mine but as i scroledl down i saw the exact flower which is the kumquat blossom...have a look. Now, even though i say that I can't recall any fruit being on this shrub but i will watch it and see if any fruit eventuates, maybe it is a variety of that family that does not bear fruit? Don't you just love discovering things?
Kumquat blossom? We have a few of them in the local greenhouse next time when it blooms I will check on the flowers. I think in the future we need to list the size, height and where the flowers in question. it will be helpful for our search.
I also like trying to identify things I'm not so familiar with. I have certainly been enjoying following this thread. I have taken some more photographs of some of the weeds - or should I say wildflowers - growing in my garden which I should post here.
One site which I have found useful to identify plants here in the UK and Ireland is botanicalkeys.co.uk - it is quite straightforward if you have a specimen to hand.
My work colleague seems to think that although the flowers i showed her look exactly like kumquat blooms they cannot be if there is no kumquats. so, i am still in search of this one. It is deceiving in my image because it looks large but is only tiny.I was practising getting detailed close ups when i fell in love with this small flower which you could so easily miss. it smells a bit like mock orange and the leaves smell not so good.
See! They are so similiar, but the petals are different and the crown shapes of the inside of the flower are different. i have a couple of lemon, orange and grapefruit trees which also have similiar flowers, but this shrub has no fruit! so, today I am going to photograph it as is, instead of enlarging, you may recognise it better.:))
This isn't a flower, obviously, but I would love an id. It appears to be some kind of wasp. I found it at high altitude at the tree line in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes, Colorado, in middle July.
There are some differences in shape. However, there are hundreds of species of this family of wasp, which is known as a Cuckoo Wasp. I'm sure the cricket wasp is a member of this family. The family has the blue/green iridescence, and lays its eggs in a host, which serves as a food supply for the larvae. Thus the name, since the parasitic behavior of the Cuckoo, which lays its eggs in the nests of other species of birds, to be raised by unwitting parents of other species. Thanks for your help, so I thought I would follow up with what I found out. BugGuide.net is a good resource for insect ID help.
These two pink ones are called King Protea - I do believe they are South Africa's national flower. They are part of the fynbos family, which is indigenous to here. I've heard that this one area of the world is known as the floral kingdom, and that there are more species packed into a smallish area than any other place in the world. It's in the Western Cape, or Cape Province, South Africa.
And this is called a pincushion, which is also in the fynbos family:
Finally, I've found the name of the plant which I captured long time ago: it is called Erica, from north Africa, here is the link if anyone wants to know more about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erica
By the way, in many locations in the US "obedient plant" is considered a noxious invasive plant. Think very carefully before planting this. It can be extremely difficult to get out of your garden once established.
I saw this unique flowers at our nearby Arboretum. I just could not believe how unreal they looked in the plant kingdom. . It was an unforgettable experience to stand next to one of these massive 8 feet tall blue stalks. The flowers color were perhaps a darker huge of unbelievable turquoise-blue. More info about this plant is under my description area of the image.
A flower from the Empress (or Princess) tree from China.
Said to be one of the fastest-growing trees. Some have reported tree growth of 18 feet per year, if you an imagine that.
Never saw this flower before I ran across and captured it. Very unique fragrance. Almost candy-like, like some sort of bubble gum. The tree was filled with the flowers. Very beautiful, and would love to have one, but with it growing so fast, would probably be expensive to maintain.
AT LONG LAST! The white flower that I have been trying to name is the Mexican Orange Blossom.
A medium size shrub with abundant small white flowers
Botanical Name: Choisya ternata
Common Name: Mexican orange blossom
Growth Habits: A small shrub to 1m. This compact evergreen shrub with bunches of sweetly scented white flowers in spring,grows well in moist well drained soil in a sunny to partly shaded position. Great as a hedge or individually planted. Prune lightly to maintain compact growth.
Watering Needs: Drought tolerant species once established. Tip prune after flowering to maintain shape and size.
Pot Size: 20cm & 30cm pot size
Medinilla is a genus of about 150 species of flowering plants in the family Melastomataceae, native to tropical regions of the Old World from Africa (two species) east through Madagascar (about 70 species) and southern Asia to the western Pacific Ocean islands. The genus was named after J. de Medinilla, governor of the Mariana Islands in 1820.
They are evergreen shrubs or lianas. The leaves are opposite or whorled, or alternate in some species. The flowers are white or pink, produced in large panicles.
I'd like to share this to everyone, an orchid species found in my home island in the tropics.
Grammatophyllum is a small genus of large plants, in fact the largest in the orchid world, G. speciosum (Tiger orchid), is of tree-like proportion - its stem is 3 metres and the flower spike is another 2 metres. This is the flower of the rather rare G. martae, the black orchid recorded from Negros Island in The Philippines.
I noticed many had titled their images water lily as lotus. In fact, lotus and water lily are different plants. Water lilies have lily pads that float on the surface; lotuses have leaves that are held above the water, and blooms that are much larger than water lilies, and often in pink, white.. Both have beautiful flowers. People often confuse the water lily a "lotus
Lotus is an aquatic plant native to southern Asia and Australia, having large leaves, fragrant, pinkish flowers, a broad, rounded, perforated seedpod, and fleshy rhizomes.
The edible seed and roots are edible and the leaf often uses in Chinese cooking.
Alfred this beautiful white Lotus is actually native to the southeastern United States as well. I took this image in Morgan County along the Tennessee River in Alabama.
I found a site that has this to say:
Similar in appearance to its Asian cousin, the American lotus produces pale yellow flowers that float along the surface of ponds, lakes and streams in water as deep as 6 feet. These flowers can have over a dozen circular petals. The American lotus is native to the Southeast as well as other areas of the eastern United States and Canada. The plant's large seed pods are often sold as crafts and ornamental objects. The American lotus spreads rapidly by planting its rhizomes along the substrate.
This is an oxeye daisy wildflower. Even though they are introduced in the United states they are everywhere and quite lovely. There are virtually fields of them. This shot was taken in Limestone County Alabama.
Thanks Kathy! it must be a beautiful slight with a field of white daisy. I looked it up on the net and it mentions it can be used as food:
"The un-opened flower buds can be marinated and used in a similar way to capers. I wonder if any has tried it?
Ligularia, Leopard Plant, is a genus of "Old World" perennial plants or herbs resembling groundsel of the family Asteraceae. Ligularias are rather tall perennial herbaceous plants occurring mostly in damp places in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Yesterday, we have the poor man's orchid and today we have the nun's orchid:
These plants owe their unusual name to the shape of the long-lasting, fragrant flowers. They call to mind a nun’s head bowed in prayer.
beautiful shot Xueling.
The "hen" is the main plant, and the "chicks" are the offspring, which start as tiny buds on the main plant and soon sprout their own roots, taking up residence near to the mother plant. they are rather hardy even with the cold winter in Toronto they comes back every year.
Dendrobium is a huge genus of orchids.it contains about 1,200 species. The genus occurs in diverse habitats throughout much of south, east and southeast Asia,
This one is from my garden, I keep it indoor during the winter and as soon as the weather is warm enough I would take it out in the garden and hang it on our pear tree. Last winter was rather mild so I took it out even earlier,I was rewarded with 25 blooms this month.
we need some help....perhaps someone will put some light as to what is the name of the white flowers in the image below please???
The orange flower is Calendula Officinalis....we know that...but the white tiny flowers we are not sure of...I think it could possibly be Gypsophyla...as there are over 120 species...
Maybe you can put some light on this???
Thank you so much for helping us
Richard and Jolanta
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful orchid blooming, Alfred! I can't believe that it has got so many flowers in such a cold climate, you must have a Very Green Thumb, besides your talent in painting:)!
How wonderful! Such a quick reply!! Richard is going to be very happy now that we know what the flower is called....
It looks so pretty that I would like to grow it in my garden too...
thank you so much for your help...
Jolanta and Richard
Jolanta, Richard, in case you don't know, Coriander also known as cilantro, Chinese parsleyis uses in many Asian dishes.if you don't want them take over your garden you shouldn't let the flowers turns into seeds.
Thank you Alfred...yes...I was always wondering what Cilantro was when I am at the Chinese market...so now I know! And yes to your suggestion re: deadheading flowers...I do that especially with my Daturas...so they keep blooming and have abundance of new flowers....
thank you so much once again...
p.s. what a wonderful source of information in this thread Alfred...keep it going!
You are welcome Jolanta!
Datura, (angel trumpet or moon flower) are very toxic. I read an article in the paper a few years back, teenagers trying to get high would intentionally ingesting datura and became seriously ill from it.
Thank you Alfred...yes...I know of the toxic properties of Daturas...and some people would just do anything to get high...even swallow the plant leaves...oh, well!
I had daturas growing in my garden in England and there the climate was much more favourable than here in Canada...but I love the plant with its beautiful bells..and I always handle it wearing gloves...
thank you so much for an interesting info Alfred...
This is a close-up of the white flowers of Moth Mullein (Verbascum blattaria). This particular plant was growing in a cow pasture, a common habitat for it. It is named for its flowers, which somewhat resemble white moths, with the purple stamens for antennae.
This is a close-up of a pair of fuzzy, white Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens) flowers. These flowers were photographed in their natural habitat, on the moist woodland floor. Each pair of flowers ripen into a single bright red berry, and these are eaten by wild birds including turkeys and thrushes.
This is a close-up of Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria). It once grew in Deptford England, but has spread to the New World. The "pink" in its name is derived from the 'pinked' (saw-toothed) petal edges, and it is from these flowers that we derive our name for the color pink, not the other way around.
The Toronto city park department has planted some of this at some parks this year. I like the bright red seed pods.
The castor seed is the source of castor oil, which has a wide variety of uses. The seeds contain between 40% and 60% oil that is rich in triglycerides, mainly ricinolein. The seed contains ricin, a toxin, which is also present in lower concentrations throughout the plant.
What a beautiful Angel Wing Begonia Alfred...I haven't seen this type before...so thank you...
I am really enjoying this thread although I am a bit busy this week but making time to look here and see what's new...
Castor Oil plant I had growing in my garden in England...I miss it here in Canada...would this grow in this climate??
Thanks for sharing...
Jolanta, I see you also from Toronto, the Castor oil plant are everywhere this year. the city's park department has planted them in many parks there are a large numbers of them along University Ave. some are them still blooming. I shot this one at University and Queen street.
I had tasted the prickly pear cactus fruit before I knew how the flower looks like:
.Every autumn, I would see these unusual fruit on sale at local market. One year, I brought a box of a dozen, once cut open the inside of the fruit was in a deep red color and tasted sweet with a slight bite like kiwi. I used them made jam. I gave one jar to an Italian friend and years later whenever he see me he would tell me how good that jam was and wanted to know when will I made them again!
Madagascar palm, Pachypodium lamerei is a species of Pachypodium. It has large thorns and leaves mostly just at the top of the plant. It is a stem succulent and comes from the island Madagascar. The plant bears large, fragrant flowers. The species has become one of the best known pachypodiums in cultivation, being relatively easy to propagate and grow. In cultivation it is often marketed as the "Madagascar Palm", despite its not being a palm at all. A variety called "Ramosum" has been described. It is distinguished mostly by a dwarf growth habit.
This photograph shows three Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) flowers at different stages of development. When the edible fruit is ripe it will be greenish and several inches long, and a few inches in diameter.
Nicotianais a genus of herbs and shrubs of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) indigenous to North and South America, Australia, south west Africa and the South Pacific. Various Nicotiana species, commonly referred to as tobacco plants, are cultivated and grown to produce tobacco. Of all Nicotiana species, Cultivated Tobacco (N. tabacum) is the most widely planted and is grown worldwide for production of tobacco leaf for cigarettes. The genus is named in honor of Jean Nicot, who in 1561 was the first to present tobacco to the French royal court.
This is a close-up of a Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) flower. This shot exhibits the delicate beauty of the stamens and the pink blush of the petals. This plant was growing in a cow pasture in North America, where it is not a native. It was introduced from eastern Asia, and farmers were encouraged to plant in the fencerows of their pastures. But it was spread by wild birds which eat the rose hips, and is now considered an invasive species.
Some nightshade plants are poisonous; others are renowned for their healing and restorative properties.
One of them is the wolfberry, only recently been brought to North America, where they have swept across the wellness market. My mom grows them in her garden and it produces bright red berries, she uses them for soup, either fresh or dried.
Wolfberries have been researched for their ability to boost energy, strengthen the pancreas and reverse diabetes, and to reduce cancerous tumors.
Zephyranthes candida, commonly known as the white rain lily, is a species of rain lily native to the Rio de la Plata region of South America including Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile.
Leaves are a deep glossy green and measure 3 mm wide. Flowers are erect in perianth white or sometimes pinkish abaxially. The leaf-like bract is 1.8 to 4 cm.
Other common names of Zephyranthes candida include August rain lily, white zephyr lily, Peruvian swamp-lily, white fairy lily, and autumn zephyr lily.
I don’t usually see snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) in blooms so I was excited to see them blooming in my local green house. The flowers are tiny in white and delicate looking. I once heard at a radio garden show the flowers are also edible but I don’t know anyone tried it yet. The plant got its name because of the shape of its leaves, or also called mother-in-law's tongue because of their sharpness. In China, it is known Tiger's Tail Orchid. In Japan, it is called 'Tiger's Tail
i'm really hoping i got some of these names right. i took a bunch, they had no names, i kind of guessed at it based on some pictures. i doubt anyone knows their sub-name, but i'd like to get their basic name. thanks - eventually i'll have more, but after a while they do start looking a like.
well no trick,all by learning. there are hundreds of books on orchids. you can just get a basic book on orchids. after that you can learn about the wild orchids.many growers are constantly creating new ones. there also orchid collectors travel around the world to look for the ones we haven't discover yet. it just endless.
Paphiopedilum (lady slipper orchid) are characterised by the slipper-shaped pouches of the flowers. the pouch traps insects so they are forced to climb up past the staminode, behind which they collect or deposit pollinia, thus fertilizing the flower.
the pocketbook flower calceolaria, also called Lady's purse, Slipper flower and or Slipperwort, is a genus of plants in the Calceolariaceae family. Whenever I see them reminds me the candies I had when I was a child.
Alfred, thanks for trying to identify that plant. I will try to find the time to return to the site and get more info. But I agree, it does have a Eucalyptus "look" to the leaves.
And thanks so much for identifying the Orchid! I had been wanting to know what type it was for a long time. Can't thank you enough for this thread, you are providing a wonderful service here.
Euphorbia, consisting of over 2008 species one is the popular Poinsettia we see around Christmas time.
The Euphorbia milii (Crown-of-thorns or Christ Plant) is a woody, succulent species of Euphorbia native to Madagascar. The species name after Baron Milius, once governor of Réunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821. It is suspected that the species was introduced to the Middle East in ancient times, and legend that says it once had white flowers which tuned red when its thorny stems were used to make the crown of thorns Jesus wore.
Shell ginger (alpinia zerumber) is native to eastern Asia, this plant is a rhizomatous, ever green tropical perennial that grows in upright clumps 8–10 feet tall in tropical climates. It bears funnel-formed flowers.In more typical conditions, it reaches 4–8 feet tall in the green house, and 3–4 feet tall, as a house plant. It is called a shell ginger or shell flower most commonly, because its individual pink flowers, especially when in bud, resemble sea shells.
Love Drumstick Primrose...what a beauty Alfred...and Opening Soon...captured in the full glory of the stage in the life of this plant....fabulous...
I have to say...this is the only thread I visit on regular basis...and I am sure other people do too...
thank you Alfred...
Thank you so much Jolanta!. When I thought no one is reading this thread however when I checked on it and was surprised the numbers had shoot up. As long as this being read I will keep this going and look for more interesting flowers to post.
Oh, my goodness me Alfred!! Yes...it has almost reached the 5000 mark...so people are checking this thread...it would be nice to see more comments though...but it is well read for sure!!
Keep this going...I am a big fan!
Wow, Alfred! That shell ginger is so interesting! Thank you for sharing your knowledge in this thread!
This is a portrait of a grouping of ghostly white Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) plants. These plants lack chlorophyl, which is why they have no green color. As seen here, they grow in moist woodlands.
The wild flower butter and eggs ( Linaria vulgaris ), Common Toadflax,Yellow Toadflax which looks a lot like the snapdragon (Antirrhinum) is a species of toadflax (Linaria), native to most of Europe and northern Asia, now common in North America
Papaya is a tropical plant so I was surprised and delighted to see it in blooms. this one is at a greenhouse in Allan Gardens Toronto. This tree alos has some papayas, some of the large ones are about six inches.
These blue flowers are nothing short of breath taking and wonderful to stumble upon. The bloom period in late summer is short lived but this plant is worth the space in the garden. Pleated Gentian likes it moist but will grow in sun or part shade.
Oh, my! What a news this is Alfred...and talking of Wisterias...I was given a Chinese Wisteria as a present this year...it has taken so well..in fact I am so surprised it has got so bushy in just one season...still no flowers...but your information made me think...haha and the prospect of warm winter has just put a smile on my face...thank you Alfred..you are a gem!
I rather like this weed, it has orchid like tint flower and the bees love them. Asclepias physocarpa - Balloon Cotton Bush is a perennial herb which can grow to 1.5m tall. It is often seen on roadsides and paddocks throughout the countryside. It has white flowers and large light green inflated balloon like capsules with rough hairs and a milky sap.
Are they normal bamboos? I know there so many different kinds... Wow, I don't think I every have seen any bamboo flowers, only read from Chinese poems, and said the bamboo would die soon after blooming. Is that true?
those are not the Chinese bamboo I known of, they are at my local greenhouse. I read the Chinese bamboo will bloom every 50 years and afterward will die off .My mother told me the last time the bamboo bloom back in the village where she was born, it was in the middle of famine. The bamboo flowers would produce seeds and the staving villagers would eat them to cure hunger.Chinese beilive when bamboo blooms it bad luck would follow.
@ Alfred, thank you so much to share the story about bamboo. As Chinese, we all know that Chinese scholars live with as a strong a spirit as the bamboos. This is because they are easy to be rooted and hard to be broken... (not sure how to translate that well). So, I grow a large pot of black bamboo at the backyard:). Have a great weekend!!
Yes, Xueling, I know what you mean. In Chinese culture bamboo has an important meaning. .Bamboo is a plant that is delicate yet strong. It bends in the winds, but seldom breaks. It often used in painting to symbolize one’s inner strength.
Bamboo along with plum blossom, orchid and chrysanthemum are called the four gentlemen or the four noble ones.
As they represent the four seasons (the orchid for spring, the bamboo for summer, the chrysanthemum for autumn, and the plum blossom for winter), the four are used to depict the seasons through the year.
Thank you Alfred! I was told and read about the four nobles are: Pine Tree (winter), Bamboo, Orchid and Chrysanthemum:), are the symbolic and the spirits of the Chinese scholars:)! Here is the link: http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%8A%B1%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%9B%E5%90%9B%E5%AD%90 in Chinese. The plum blossom belonged to them, but was kind of extention:)!
Here is the photo of my orchid blooming after 10 years, there is a story behind it:)!
Beautiful Cymbidium orchid Xueling! they are the ones in Chinese paintings I called them Chinese orchid. The pine tree is regards as emblem of longevity. in Chinese culture To present an elder a painting of a pine tree or pine tree with snow is to wish he/she a long life.
In China, I didn't see this kind of orchid, maybe because I was living in the north part. And the flower is much smaller that we can smell the strong strong fragrant, most of them what I had seen were white or off white color, blooming lower position than the photo I posted.
You are right about the plum flowers:)! I don't know why I could not post the link here, maybe its Chinese?
Xueling, the Chinese cymbidium orchids are smaller than the ones we usually see, most of them are miniature. Here is the one I have, it usually blooms in late fall or early winter.
I was able to read your link last night with my computer at home but this morning it seems been changed?
Thank you Alfred! Sorry, I tried to post more links and they were messed up, maybe some of them in Chinese, I am not sure! Does your Chinese Cymbidium have fragrant scent? I can't smell anything from this type orchid here.
Xueling, the link I read last night it was in Chinese somehow your link been changed today. My Chinese Cymbidium doen't have any scent. I have them for a few years and only the last two years produces blooms for me.The trick was leave them out in the garden till late fall and because of the cold it forced them to bloom.( Well, at least how this works in Toronto!)
Kim, I think I found the name of your beautiful flowers, it is Leonotis leonurus - Lion's Tail
A captivating and dramatic member of the mint family, lion's tail grows to three to five feet tall and blooms in summer and fall with firey orange flowers held at regular intervals along the stems.
I love your story of this orchid Xueling. Most orchids need little stress to produce flowers otherwise they just happy growing leaves. I have another story. I used to own two very large cymbidium orchid and for six years never bloom. When I moved and had no room to keep them I gave them to a friend. That same year they bloom at my frined's place. I couldn't believe it!
There even an end story with my orchids. Later, my friend was selling the house the buyer wanted my orchids as part of the deal. So, my orchid helped to sold that house. I hope they are love by the house owner.
Holly is commonly referenced at Christmas time. In many western cultures, holly is a traditional Christmas decoration, used especially in wreaths. Many of the hollies are widely used as ornamental plants in gardens and parks.
The name holly is came from holy. For centuries, it was believed that the pant offered protection from evil sprits if planted closed to the house.
James posted this photo a while ago which no one could name. Finally, by chance I found it in one of my books. It is a blue Cerinthe also known as blue shrimp flower and blue honeywort. After it has been baked by the sun the plant’s leaves turn from gray to a luminous blue. The blue Cerinthe is particularly suitable for gardens in the Pacific Northwest.
Here's an interesting plant we have in our garden:
Stapelia Gigantea are pollinated by flies, these flowers liberate a scent which will attract flies in huge numbers, in short, these flowers are foul scented, typically producing the scent of rotting meat (accounting for the common names of this plant, the "Carrion Flower") not only do the flowers smell like rotting flesh, but their petals are covered with long hair-like fibers, and the petals themselves have the feel of leather, having roughly the same texture as suede, or chamois to mimic the appearance and feel of animal skin.
I've been trying to figure out what this flower's name is. Ballarina Rose? I planted it, but it was an annual and I've forgotten the name of it. It has several long stems like this one each ending in a flower.
Hi Jani, the full name of your flower is Gaura Indheimeri Ballerina Rose, the common name is Wand Flower or Bee Blossom. Ballerina Rose Gaura is not a rose the plant is Deer Resistant, Attracts Hummingbirds, Heat Tolerant.
Thank you, Alfred. I wasn't sure because the way this flower was shaped was different than the photos I've found. That's why I photographed it. I planted another ballarina rose, guara, thinking it must be the same type of flower, but the flowers didn't grow the same.
Here is another photo of the same plant taken the same day as the Rain Weaver.
@ Marcio, that one doesn't look like basil to me. As Alfred said that the Salvia family which included both lavender and sage. there are over 900 species, check in the Salvia family, you may find something...
Which part of China are you going to? Now, it is the best season for visiting. I am sure there will many plant images will wait for your return:)! Have a great trip, enjoy a lot of good food and bring back many photos to share:)!
Xueling, we spent four days in Beijing and went to the Great Wall on our last day. Last night, we arrived at Quingdao and we will spent the next weeks here with my friend Michael. I already noticed some flowers and trees I haven't seen before.
I saw this plant everywhere when I was in Beijing and Qingdao. They were still blooming even in early fall.
Mirabilis jalapa (The four o'clock flower or marvel of Peru) is the most commonly grown ornamental species of Mirabilis, and is available in a range of colours. Mirabilis in Latin means wonderful and Jalapa[disambiguation needed] is a town in Mexico. Mirabilis jalapa is said to have been exported from the Peruvian Andes in 1540.
The flowers usually open from late afternoon onwards, then producing a strong, sweet-smelling fragrance, hence the first of its common names. In China it is called the "shower flower (Ï´Ôè»¨) or "rice cooking flower (Öóïˆ»¨) because it is in bloom at the time of these activities. In Hong Kong it is known as "purple jasmine" (×ÏÜÔÀò).
There was a one growing by my friend Michael apartment building in Qingda. One day, I stop to examine this plant the doorman told me how he panted it from seeds and within months it grow into a healthy plant and bloom this year.He showed me the seeds on the plant. I took some back with me to Canada, I will plant them when spring come.
Many groups were closed due to lack of administrator interaction a few weeks ago (if the administrator hadn't visited the group in over three months). That group must have been one of them.
I don't know enough about mushrooms to help you either. But I know enough to know that mushrooms like that can be very hard to identify down to the species level. You might try searching the web for any sites that have mushroom guides...
I found this interesting flowering tree when I was in Beijing China. It looks like a creamy color wisteria.
Styphnolobium japonicum the Pagoda Tree (Chinese Scholar, Japanese pagodatree; syn. Sophora japonica) is a species of small tree or shrub in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae.
The leaves are with 9-21 leaflets, and the flowers similar to those of the Black locust. In Chinese it is called.¡±The Guilty Chinese Scholartree¡± (Chinese: ×ï»±; pinyin: Zu¨¬hu¨¢i), a specimen of Pagoda Tree (Styphnolobium japonicum) located in Beijing's Jingshan park, is a famous tree and national landmark on which the last Ming Chongzhen Emperor hanged himself after a group of peasants (led by Li Zicheng) successfully stormed the Forbidden City in 1644.
The tree was uprooted during the Cultural Revolution and the present one that stands in its place is a replica.
Warren, they look like Gerbera which is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae). It was named in honour of the German botanist and naturalist Traugott Gerber, some also called it African Daisy.
Gerbera daisy, Barberton daisy, Transvaal daisy - Gerbera jamesonii Family Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
it is among about 70 species of Gerbera ornamental flowering plants
The petals of the gerbera daisy give some of the species their names
The first scientific description of a Gerbera was made by J.D. Hooker in Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1889 when he described Gerbera jamesonii,
a South African species also known as Transvaal daisy or Barberton Daisy. Gerbera is also commonly known as the African Daisy.
It has approximately 30 species in the wild, extending to South America, Africa and tropical Asia.
Gerbera is also important commercially. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip).
"Within the boundaries of South Africa lies the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the world’s recognized floral kingdoms. Its five distinct biomes contain nearly one-third of South Africa’s 22,000 seed plant species, according to the South Africa National Biodiversity Institute's website PlantzAfrica. Much of the world recognizes these dramatically beautiful species by their common, garden plant names."
. 'ae . . yes . Actually Warren . . the species is as Alfred said an Oxalis
. . but the Oxalis adenophylla is a different species with a dark center . .
The flowers in your image are
Oxalis ( /ˈɒksəlɨs/) is by far the largest genus in the wood-sorrel family Oxalidaceae: of the approximately 900 known species in the Oxalidaceae, 800 belong here.
The genus occurs throughout most of the world, except for the polar areas; species diversity is particularly rich in tropical Brazil, Mexico and South Africa.
Habitat: A weed of disturbed ground and gardens in Britain, especially near London
Native of South America.
Naturalized in Britain.
The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.
sometimes wood sorrel
All Oxalis spp. are declared noxious in Western Australia and Tasmania.
Yep, that one is listed as Violet Wood Sorrel in most of my books. I also see Yellow Wood Sorrel a lot but not as common. Almost identical, but flowers are yellow and a bit smaller. I have taken plenty pictures of both, very common in my area.
I just created a Tiny Flowers gallery and uploaded a few shots. Most of these are unidentified, I can't find the majority of them in any of my books, online resources have been less than helpful. I run a search for a flower the size of a BB and I get results to something the size of a baseball...the tiny flowers just don't seem to show up anywhere.
So here ya go...
As close as I can get on that last one is Lady's Slipper Orchid, but nowhere near sure about that. I think I ran across the first one a while back and now can't remember what it was or where I found it...I have others, and will have more in the Tiny Flowers gallery soon, and it would be nice to be able to get ID's on these and especially to be able to put scientific names in tags.
Yep, my bad, Lady's Tresses was what I looked up, and somehow confused the name. Glad I got it right anyway...I was pretty sure except for the size, book just said small I think and no reference to actual size. It's definitely tiny...these could hide behind a match head. Not easy to get a decent shot either, with depth of field being miniscule with macro shots...and the twisted stalk means some are closer than others, no way to get everything in focus. This is one of the best I got.
Thanks for the confirmation and sorry about the mistake, I looked it up several months ago and somewhere along the line I got it into my head that it was lady's slipper...which is a different flower altogether. I was pretty sure it was an orchid, probably lady's tresses ( see I got it right that time) but never was really sure.
Geranium... ok, I guess I gotta dig out my books and do some more checking, I think I got an ID on that a while back and can't remember what it was, Geranium might be right. Definitely a wildflower though, and very small. Right now digging through the books is something I don't relish, I'm packing for a move and everything is...not exactly easy to find...but I think I know where the wildflower books are....reference books are not packed yet, I don't think...most other books are already boxed up. Fun fun...I probably have enough books to fill 2 or 3 large wheelbarrows. At least 4 bird books, 2 or 3 wildflowers, one mushrooms, 2 or 3 butterflies, one trees, 2 or 3 general nature and wildlife, not to mention geology, archaeology, astronomy, gun repair, engine repair (small and auto), arrowheads, photography...then there's just reading for entertainment...
And I can't find most of the tiny flowers anywhere.
Look at the bottom right picture. That's the plant, leaves and all. Bottom left shot shows the seed pods, I've seen those a lot, might have collected a few. Also note the color difference. The one I see here is usually very close to the darker variety shown in my shot, these are much paler. Geranium gave me something to go on, I found it in one of my books, Wild Geranium variety.