Saturday, January 30, 2010

Today's Flowers: Hua Pala Vine

Hua Pala
Pyrostegia venusta
(py-roh-STEEJ-ee-uh)
Synonym: Flame Vine
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This vine is growing at my sister’s house in Makawao. That is the Hawaiian word for “edge of the forest”. It is considered Maui’s paniolo or cowboy town. Located on the mid slopes of the volcano at about 1600 feet above sea level it is now an gallery and cafĂ© type of town. This vine is covering a large part of the eastern part of the property and seems to be just bursting out with color. It can become invasive under the right conditions and in this case it is borderline. It sure is beautiful and for me a welcome sight. This next picture shows a real hazard with Hawaiian parking.


For the first time ever I am posting a non-nikon flower picture. This Plumeria flower was taken at the Koko Crater Botanical Gardens on the dry side of Oahu. The camera is Karen’s Fujifilm J38. It seems like a good camera but I will have to evaluate it more as time goes on. It is amazing in its smallness.


Plumeria
Plumeria rubra 'Kaneohe Sunburst'
(ploo-MEER-ee-a)
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20 comments:

Titania said...

The pyrostegia venusta is aspectacular looking vine when in full bloom. I have one growing up a gumtree and it falls down in great swags. My daughter's is covering the top of the house, gosh, it is a show, but she has to cut it back severely that it does not creep under the roof and eves. You have posted my favourite trees the Frangipane. Thank you.

Les said...

I believe I could tolerate that parking hazard.

AL said...

Wow I like the first one, it's color is very vibrant! Nice.

Coffeedoff said...

Beautiful flowers!

Stine in Ontario said...

These blossoms must be awesome to see in real life! They are great in photos, that's for sure!

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous flowers and lovely colors.

January said...

Lively colors! Thanks for sharing!

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Pat said...

You have absolutely gorgeous flower colors there in Hawaii!

Janet said...

I love that Plumeria!!! What a great color combination.

Riet said...

Wow, beautiful flowers

Cher' Shots said...

GORGEOUS flowers. I love seeing what nature holds from different areas throughout the world.

VALKYRIEN said...

Wow - the first one is fabulous! I adore that warm orange color!

Regina said...

Beautiful blooms! the plumeria stand out.
Great captures.

Lui said...

They're both so beautiful! My flower dog Bogart and I enjoyed it so much!


Lui and Bogart

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

Rose of Sharon as they call it.

Grace Olsson said...

interesting the petals on the car...
congrats
havea nice week
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Mama Zen said...

That plumeria is stunning!

Arija said...

What glories of nature you show us today. Plants on the borderline of being invasive, or rather, that take more effort to manage, produce an awe inspiring vibrancy of growth and flowers. This particular vine I have seen in arid conditions still making a colourful splash on the landscape.

I absolutely love Frangipanis.

Princess Haiku said...

OOh. The color of these flowers in January are as welcome as rays of sunlight. Hope all is well, Chris.

Krista said...

This is such a beautiful flower with amazing colours.