So many snowdrops, so many high fives. —MN
A timely reminder ahead of the spring bloom that just because something’s pretty, it doesn’t mean you should pick it! Casual passersby can have a major impact on wild plant populations, often because seeing something growing nearby suggests that the plant is “common.” But not everything threatened is kept behind a fence in a nature preserve. —MN
The Sea Daffodil (Panacratium maritimum) is an endangered member of the family Amaryllidaceae. Native to the Mediterranean and the southern shores of the Black Sea, the Sea Daffodil grows in sandy dunes just above the high tide line. Its flowers have a very subtle fragrance that only becomes apparent on windless summer nights.
Due to its increasing rarity, it has been given protected status in much of its range, but continues to lose vital habitat to tourist development.
Sadly I saw many tourists picking it during my last visit to Greece. :(
This picture was taken by me on Laganas Beach, in Zakynthos, Greece on 8/31/11.
A beauty up close, but if you were to walk through the arid Yemen countryside in search of this terrestrial starfish, you might not even notice it: the flowers are only about the size of your fingernail! —MN
Rhytidocaulon macrolobum (by Succulentisima)
Some of the photos captured by Andrew Zuckerman, including a pristine shot of Darwin’s star orchid, were taken right here at The New York Botanical Garden. You can find all of them in his new book, Flower.
You’ll also see our friend the jade vine at the bottom. Its red cousin dominated the spotlight in December, but come March and April you’ll be seeing seafoam blooms in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. —MN
The difficulty of keeping most passion flowers in your own garden is almost inversely proportional to the number of exotic varieties they come in. But I suppose that’s sort of evident of the commonly held belief that beauty is equivalent to rarity and fragility. —MN
Black isn’t a color you often find in the orchid family, Orchidaceae. It is therefore highly coveted. This is Cymbidium Kiwi Midnight, that being its commercial name. This flower is not actually true black, though it might appear to be. It is actually a deep burgundy.
Because I never entirely grew out of that goth phase I went through in my early high school years. —MN
Edit: This photograph was taken by the prolific Eric Hunt, whose Flickr is full of equally stunning orchids.
I’d click through the artist’s link. Makoto’s work is born not only of his talent as an artist, but of his experience as a working florist in Tokyo’s residential Moto-Azabu district. His gallery oeuvre takes the ephemeral nature of a cut flower display and pushes it out to extremes. —MN
Succulent Flower Cluster (by Coastal Photography)
Succulents are more than just funny little orbs of spikes and spirals. Case in point: these Echeveria flowers, sprung from hens and chicks, look like fruit snacks. —MN
A tulip with a streaked color pattern like this is referred to as a broken tulip. This type of coloring was highly prized when tulips first came to Europe, around 1500. It is actually caused by a virus, the tulip breaking virus, similar to the tobacco mosaic virus. Horticulturists tried all kinds of things to obtain these patterns, such as cutting bulbs in half and grafting mix-matched pieces together, or soaking bulbs in wine before planting them.
Beauty from pestilence. Who knew? —MN
This is a torchlily, also called red hot poker. It is in the Asphodeloideae subfamily of the Xanthorrhoeaceae family. Its scientific name is Kniphofia ‘flamenco,’ and it produces a large amount of nectar. This attracts hummingbirds, which pollinate the impressive flower.
Photo by me.
These are sparking up the Perennial Garden with their color. They live up to their name in the best way. —MN
Peonies in white
Can’t get over these tree peonies. They’re so big you could eat cereal out of them. If it weren’t a Monday (we’re closed to the public, meaning the groundskeepers would probably give me the stink eye for getting in the way of their…groundskeeping), I’d head out to fawn over them right now. —MN
It’s that “almost” symmetry, like an adorably crooked fleur-de-lis. —MN
National Geographic paid homage to that most rich and royal of hues recently, and I was happy to find that our humble friend the crocus was in attendance (along with rows of lavender that must smell overwhelmingly spectacular, not to mention a Joshua tree at sunset).
Sadly, purple velour track suits are not sufficiently represented in the photo list. Alas and alackaday. —MN
danceabletragedy: Rafflesia arnoldii
Rafflesia arnoldii is the world’s largest flower having a diameter of about one meter and weighing up to ten kilograms. It is a rare flower and not easily located. It grows only once a year and blooms for around five days. According to researches in discovery news, this flower that looks and smells like rotting flesh is related to flimsy flowers like violets, poinsettias and passionflowers. Hence it also called as “meat flower” or “corpse flower”.
The flower is pollinated by flies and carrion beetles attracted by its vile smell. It contains about 27 species and found in Indonesian rain forests of southeastern Asia and Philippines. Rafflesia is an official state flower of Indonesia, Surat Thani Province in Thailand and Sabah state in Malaysia.
Seymour Krelborn washes his hands of the whole thing.