Monday, September 04, 2006

Gloriosa superba - Flame Lily ((嘉兰 - jia lan2)

While trying to get some people into position for a photo, I suddenly noticed the flowers of this climbing plant at the side. I remember seeing pictures of them but it was the first time I saw the real flowers. I find the appearance of this flower most unusual. The flower looks like it could take off vertically like a helicopter should the stamens at the base start to rotate.

Common name: Flame lily, Glory Lily
Origin: Tropical Africa and Asia

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