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Calceolaria tomentosa #1

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Calceolariaceae (Formerly Scrophulariaceae) - Peru

Lady's Purse, Slipper Flower, Pocketbook Flower, Slipperwort, Calceolaria

Shown: Detail of inflorescence; flowers approx. 4 cm x 3 cm

 

"Calceolaria L. (pronounced /ˌkælsiː.ɵˈlɛəriə/),[1] also called Lady's purse, Slipper flower and Pocketbook flower,[2] or Slipperwort, is a genus of plants in the Calceolariaceae family, sometimes classified in Scrophulariaceae by some authors. This genus consists of about 388 species of shrubs, lianas and herbs, and the geographic range extends from Patagonia to central Mexico, with its distribution centre in Andean region. Calceolaria in Latin means shoemaker.

 

"Calceolarias have usually yellow or orange flowers, which can have red or purple spots.

 

"Calceolaria tomentosa is a perennial plant belonging to the genus Calceolaria and native to Peru.

 

"Calceolaria tomentosa can reach a height of about 1 meter (3 feet). It has soft, wide cordate leaves and a soft stem. The flowers are yellow." (Wikipedia)

 

More images and cultural information:

www.strangewonderfulthings.com/158.htm

 

Photographed in U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley - Berkeley, California

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Taken on June 16, 2010