I’m taking advantage of afternoon rains to catch up with a small helping of hundreds of photos taken during the past two weeks, beginning with the creation of this second gallery of Ecuadorean flowers. Why?
I miss having flowers and plants around. Digital Nomadism aka Location Independence does have its advantages; living in apartments that are free of plant life isn’t one of them. Not in my world. At least I can look at these from time to time without worrying about over- or under-watering.
Above and below is Brugmansia sanguinea, or Red Angel’s Trumpet; admire it as a form of nature’s candy corn but do not consume. Every part of it is poisonous. Endemic in the Andes from Colombia to Chile, they grow at altitudes between 2,000m to 3,000m (6,600 to 9,800ft) on trees that can reach ten meters in height.
Like the Red Angel’s Trumpet, this Tiger Eye Flowering Maple was spotted at the Condor Parque near Otavalo, Ecuador. Some sources say this is similar to a Chinese Lantern, while others say they’re entirely different. Any insight? Feel free to share.
Below, Tibouchina urvilleana, aka Glory bush. A native of Brazil, the flowers grow on an evergreen that reaches 3-6m (10-20ft) in height and 2-3m (7-10ft) in width. The bright purple flower clusters can reach a width of 10cm (4in).
And finally –and certainly not for the last time– a plea for help: can anyone help with an ID?
For more, Gallery 1 is here, which includes photos of a dozen varieties collected during a visit in 2013. A few of those require positive IDs as well.
Note: Galleries will be updated regularly (as needed).
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