This tree mallow flower is a hybrid cultivar of Lavatera assurgentifolia (native to the Channel Islands off California) and Lavatera venosa from off Baja California. I love the elaborate center for its appearance, but this flower is more than just a pretty face -- it is a nectar source for the Painted Lady butterfly. (Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/125 sec., ISO 400, open shade, handheld) Texture (background only) courtesy of Shadowhouse Creations
April 2012: This photo is featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Digital Photo (UK) magazine.
May 6, 2012: This photo won 1st place in the contest "Celebration Colours of the Rainbow VIOLET" in Prestige Nature. Thank you very much!
September 16, 2011: This photo won 2nd place in the contest "Show your best FLOWER" in the group Exhibition of Talent. Thank you very much!
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