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Neomarica Gracilis. Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Another combined effort!

This little pink powder puff was found at Logee's Greenhouse.

The photo was taken by me. The manipulation and cropping were done by my son, skasper at Flickr (check out his gorgeous work!).

Scott has a wonderful way of transforming my photos!

Together we have found a little beauty in this world!

Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Explore 2-5-09 #485.

Los anturios, originarios de Colombia y Ecuador, normalmente tienen solo una espata. Esta curiosa flor resultó con dos espatas pero las demás flores nacieron normales.

Anthuriums, originary from Colombia and Ecuador, normally have only one spathe. But this flower grew with two spathes. The rest of the flowers of the plant grew normally.

I took this photograph and had it framed for my brother's house warming present....hope they like it :)


I am pretty sure this is the Powder Puff Lilly Pilly...but happy to be corrected :)

We usually see the long pendant of briliant flowers of the Lobster Claw Heliconia. But what does one look like when you walk right up to it and shoot it at 7+ magnification?


It's soft, tissuey and transparent. Not hard and plastic as it appears to be from a distance. Isn't macro amazing?


Biscayne Park, FL

Unidentified flower.


Now identified as Calliandra Inaequilatera Mimosaceae

15/365 of 365 Bokeh project.


Gracias a tod@s, ya hemos superado las 30.000 fotos en pink2008 !!!!

Creo que no estará de más seguir añadiendo fotos hasta el día 31 para que haya reservas si descontaran alguna.

Gracias por vuestra colaboración.

Un abrazo

Araceae, undetermined species collected by Paraiso, 1400 meters, shaded places, 1 meter tall plant, 10cms flower, lanceolated leaves.

copyright © Mim Eisenberg/mimbrava studio. All rights reserved.


This is a cabbage white butterfly on scarlet milkweed. The gray background is my house. I used Photoshop to even out the color a bit.


I hope to catch up with you all later. Thank you for dropping by.


See my shots on flickriver:

three little faces

peeking out at me

look at them smiling

happy as can be

they made me giggle

swimming in this sea

of brightest orange

ever so pretty ...


by judith meskill

view on black

This beautiful Anthurium was one of many different colours in a bunch.Never seen one this colour before,

Hibiscus is an evergreen flowering shrub. Even though it doesn't have any special fragrance, the simple beauty itself makes it prominent in the shrub family.

I must be feeling super-brave this week - I joined ABAD. It's the A Blythe A Day Takes Boredom Away group, and I'm up for 365 days of photographing blythe. Am I insane?


Parker get's first honours, and my Brugmansia is in flower - perfect photo op. The angel's trumpet flower makes me think of Blythe gnome hats like miss modular's (I really love that hat!). I don't think Parker was amused. ^^

aus dem Botanischen Garten, Berlin

Asclepias curassavica near Iquitos, Peru. Photographed on 5 October 2006

Photo was taken on December 1, 2007 at 3:51pm in Honolulu, Hawaii

Canon 1D Mark II N camera; Canon 24-105mm F/4L IS lens @ F/4, 1/60 second, ISO 100

Asclepias curassavica with bumblebee on my balcony

Hear: ... Berlin dein Gesicht hat Sommersprossen - Hildegard Knef

(Berlin, your face has summer-rungs ) ... AND

see SLIDE Show: from our Newest or Unvalued ... or look ... in bigly . or . in map


Place: Exotische "Lamair" - Blume in ♦ Botanical Garden in ♦ Dahlem / Lichterfelde ♦ Berlin ♦ Germany

Ort... : Exotic "Lamair"-Flower in the ♦ Botanischen Garten ♦ Dahlem / Lichterfelde ♦ Berlin ♦ Deutschland


Kommentar: → Klick "Links" ↑oben↑ für mehr Infos (alle in neuem TAB)

Comment: → Click "Link" ↑above↑ ) for more infos (all in new TAB)

Fear for the morrow will rob the present!


Thanks Anuj for the ID of the flowers.

Thanks Ner_luv for the ID of the bee.


Plant & flowers : Snap Ginger ( Alpinia calcarata ), Cardamon ginger, Indian ginger

Bee : Amegilla cingulata, Blue banded bee


Beautiful on black too.

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Family : Malvaceae (Bombacaceae)


Formerly Chorisia speciosa


A strange fruit, but one with such an interesting shape. They certainly don't grow up here - I bought this one from Safeway recently.

Heliconiaceae - Peru and Ecuador

Lobster Claw


Photographed in the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers (before reconstruction)

35mm Kodachrome, Canon SLR, exp. data unavailable

Of course, with guests!!!


Beautiful on black too.


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Family : Malvaceae (Bombacaceae)


Formerly Chorisia speciosa



I took out all background colours here - to focus on her stunning purple and pink. Seen at Berlin Botanical Gardens.

I took this one without looking; I just stuck the camera up into the flower and pushed the button. Lucky me!

Il Diospiro/Diospero o Kaki (italianizzato in Caco) o Loto del Giappone è una pianta da frutto di origine giapponese e cinese.


The most widely cultivated species is the Japanese kaki persimmon or kaki, (Diospyros kaki), called "shizi" in Chinese. These are sweet, slightly tart fruits with a soft to occasionally fibrous texture. This species, native to China, is deciduous, with broad, stiff leaves


Strongylodon macrobotrys is a mouthful. Jade vine is better.

Dovyalis caffra

Small spiny tree of Salicaceae family.

Location: Brisbane, Australia


Kei apples are native to Africa, where it is called Umkokola, Amaqokolo and other.


I would call it plum, not apple, as it has size and flesh as a plum, with a few small white seeds inside.

It is very rich with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), so the fruit is too acid eating out of hand, but I made a beautiful "Kei apples" jam!



Appropriately on the Green Line just west of the inner City Loop of Chicago, is Garfield Park Conservatory. It's an immense place and one of the largest conservatories in the USA. Very much worth a visit (and a donation, for it is free to enter but struggling for survival). How the small staff manage such a large place so well is truly a miracle.

Perhaps that miracle is caused by the many kinds of Prayer Plants (Marantaceae) cultivated with great diligence here. This particular one is a Calathea 'Helen Kennedy' (named for the famous botanist of the same name [1941-], an expert on these plants, who works in British Columbia, Canada).

This Calathea - like many Marantaceae - comes from Brazil. The name 'Calathea' comes from the Greek for 'basket'. The leaves of the plant can be made into leakproof containers. 'Prayer Plant' derives from the fact that the leaves of Marantaceae often fold in the dark, but I don't know if those of this particular plant do so.

Charles Plumier (1646-1704) of Frangipani fame on the king of France's orders traveled as a botanist to South America. Here he was the first European to describe Marantaceae. He named them for Bartolomeo Maranta (ca. 1500-1571), a great Italian botanist but also a fine literary critic and rhetorician. Poetics - not to be confused with poetry - was for him precisely the stuff of life because he thought it to be specific and direct and not general and abstract like philosophy. Whatever the poetics of prayer, this particular Prayer Plant unfurls very specifically and beautifully...

Another single petal hibiscus from CA

Lugar: Finca La Pomarrosa, Barlovento, centro norte de Venezuela.


Place: La Pomarrosa Farm, Barlovento, north-central Venezuela.

No sé el nombre común de este anturio pero bien podría llamarse "cola de marrano". Según el padre Pérez Arbeláez Anthurium quiere decir flor de rabo, de modo que vale la comparación.

I do not know the common name of this anthurium but it could well be called "pig's tail". apparently the ethimology of anthurium means tail flower.

La especie aparece como / the species appears as Anthurium scherzerianum

In 832 King Óengus (=Angus) of the Picts and Scots did battle with King Athelstan of the Angles. At night both armies had a vision in the dark blue sky of St Andrew being martyred upon a white Saltire. Apparently, Óengus believed, and he was duly rewarded with victory. Henceforth Saint Andrew's cross upon Blue is the Scottish Flag.

This engaging tale came into my mind as I chanced upon this absolutely blue and wonderful Cochliostema in the Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

It has been known to 'the West' only since 1847. First it had the name Cochliostema odoratissimum (= Most Odorous Spiral-shell Stamens). Put on show by him at the International Horticultural Exhibition held in Paris in 1867, Jean Jules Linden (1817-1898) - the great Luxemburg-born Belgian horticulturalist - and Karl Heinrich Koch (1809-1879) from Germany renamed it to 'Cochliostema jacobianum'. Georg Albano von Jacobi (1805-1874) was a Prussian army general who had as an avocation tropical, especially American botany. He was an expert on agaves - their swordlike nature must have appealed to a soldier! - as was Koch who, though disagreeing with him on occasion, had a great admiration for that military man. 'In captivity' - in the Glasgow glasshouse - it gave no wonderful aroma, at least I didn't smell any, so the renaming may have been justified!

Apparently the first of these plants that blossomed in the United Kingdom was at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew in the early 1950s. That plant had been presented to the English plant collector L. Maurice Mason by Ernest Imle, who had brought it to Baltimore, Maryland, where he had been successful in cultivating it after his return from Costa Rica in 1948.

An epiphyte it usually lives on other plants and trees, although it was potted here in Glasgow. But just imagine traipsing through the jungle and suddenly seeing this Blue above; it might be mistaken for the Saltire.

The Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura erythroneura) is a small foliage plant native to Brazil. It has small, elliptical, olive to black-green leaves with red veins. It is a popular houseplant. The common name comes from the fact that its leaves fold up in the evening and open in the morning - like praying hands.


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Photo taken in the greenhouse of "Planten un Blomen", Hamburg

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