Thursday, January 04, 2007

Camoensia scandens

Once a while when you least expect it, extraordinary flowers appear before you surprising you with their size, fragrance, shape and colour. I stumbled upon the Camoensia scandens which is a native of tropical West Africa that boasts of the largest flower belonging to the family Leguminosae in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This plant is a climber and is grown for ornamental purposes. If you look closely at the photo below you will see several large, white flowers amongst the leaves.Each flower is as large as the palm of my hand and a few of them are still at the peak of their flowering although some have wilted. Here are two flowers that share the same stalk and look almost like identical twins.
Here are two beauties waiting for their debut.Older relatives with impeccable good looks.
Mother and child.

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