Sunday, July 31, 2011

Pincushion Protea

Pincushion Protea
Leucospermum cordifolium
(loo-koh-SPER-mum) (kor-di-FOH-lee-um)

I hope this flower is identified correctly. It was in amongst a virtual forest of King Protea (Protea cynaroides) so that is what I based the ID on. Both of these photos were taken on the upper reaches of Maui last year. It was pretty amazing walking around the shrubs and seeing them erupting into the giant and radiant flowers (a little volcano humor there since this was in the shadow of Haleakalā). Here is a good reference page @ plantz Africa.com on the plant.

Since it is Sunday come join us at Today’s Flowers .

Bonus Picture!


Black-Eyed Susan Vine
Thunbergia alata
(thun-BER-jee-uh) (a-LAY-tuh)

This is always a fun flower to see especially in the tropics where it can become a huge tangled mess of flowers. It does well for us an annual but doesn’t quite have the vigor of its tropical cousins. This pure yellow version was a nice change from the usual orange type.

10 comments:

Laerte Pupo said...

This is a different flower.
Beautiful.
Thank you for participating in the TF.

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Just wonderful! I've never seen this before.
Barb

Carver said...

These are both lovely and the pin cushion one is so interesting and unusual looking.

Roan said...

That pin cushion flower is certainly different. Nice shot!

Luna Miranda said...

i've never seen a pincushion protea before. it does look like a pin-cushion.:p gorgeous photos.

Modern Mom said...

The first one is so unique.

My entry.

LauraX said...

love that protea

Autumn Belle said...

Pincushion is an apt name for this flower that also looks like a fireworks display. I also didn't know about this variety of Black Eyed Susan which is a vine. Yay, I learnt something new today!

ella said...

just so beautiful

ella said...

so beautiful