|Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2)
|Date Taken: 2007-08-26|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-03-29 12:04|
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|Today I would like to post a photo of our beautiful Impala Lilly. It's one of the most beautiful stunning flowers I've ever seen. And what's most astonishing is even if it's surroundings look dry and glum it brightens the bush with its bright pink blossoms. What a beautiful sight. |
Adenium multiflorum Klotzsch
The Sabi star or impala lily (Adenium multiflorum Klotzsch) is a shrub of dry winter climates. Native to southeastern Africa ranging from Zambia to Mozambique and northern South Africa, it is a plant of stark contrasts. During the summer (rainy) months, it has large, deep green, almost obcordate (reverse heart-shaped) leaves. The shrub stores water in its swollen succulent trunk to survive the dry season.
After the rains end and the soils dry, the shrub drops its leaves. For a couple of months, the plant rests and resembles a small baobab (upside-down tree). When the surrounding landscape is desiccated and dormant, the impala lily bursts into masses of frilly flowers at the tips of bare branches.
Impala lily flowers are picotee—two colors with the darker of the two along the edge of the petals—usually white with red, though the flowers range from pink and red to all white. Each of the petals has three red streaks—nectar guides leading into the throat of the flower. In Florida, blooming usually commences in late November and continues into the New Year.
During the civil wars of the 1970s and '80s in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, John Eppel, formerly of Rhodesia, helped himself to an unusual souvenir. In his poem, "Spoils of War", Eppel tells of the afternoon he spent (illegally) digging a "girl-sized stem", a battle, its horrific results, spoils, and finally, planting his prize. As goes the times and tides of fortune, Eppel (1989) requests a bit of kindness for his old friend:
"...And if ever you live in our old home—
the one in the village—please remember
not to over-water my cuddlesome
stump. And if you are bothered by the law,
tell them that the plant is a spoil of war."
(Compiled from: The Genus Adenium in Cultivation, Part I: A. obesum and A. multiflorum, Mark A. Dimmit and Chuck Hanson, originally published by the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, 1991, published to the internet by Cactus-Mall.com and "Adenium multiflorum Klotzsch", Stoffel Petrus Bester, PlantzAfrica.com, 2004)
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Beautiful flower and colors
- [2010-03-29 13:06]
a great shot.
An interesting composition. And the description offered is very good.
Have a beautiful week,
Une excellente photo de ce parterre de fleurs ,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.
Merci et bravo...JP
Yes, these flowers are indeed beautiful and the colours and fine details are so lovely to look at. I just love the stripes on the inside of each flower and your image shows them very well. Great to see a whole bush of these Impala lilies together. It brightens up the whole page and it is like candy to the eye. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
- [2010-03-29 23:16]
What a great capture this lovely flowers.
Colors and details are fantastic!
Like a fire!
Waw...what a great flower is this Impala lily!
Great details and colors.
- [2010-04-07 5:24]
Nice picture of those very beautiful flowers with amazing colors.
Bonne valorisation des sujets sous un angle de prise de vue permettant d'apprécier relativement bien, dans une bonne composition, la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.