Frangipani, Anyone?

23 09 2012

Ji dan hua - egg yolk flower - frangipani - plumeria - Haikou, Hainan, ChinaOne of my favourite flowering trees found in the tropics is Plumeria, commonly known as frangipani. They grow in abundance here in tropical China, where they are known as ‘ji dan hua’ (鸡蛋花) or ‘egg yolk flowers’. I find when I pass by them, I inevitably pick up a flower than has fallen and carry it with me on my journey, occasionally smelling it absentmindedly. Not only it is a simple and beautiful flower, but its perfume is intoxicating.

sphinx moth - by the Garden Helper - http://www.thegardenhelper.comIt is actually more fragrant at night. Sphinx moths are the pollinators, and these night creatures follow the deceptive scent in search of nectar. Nectar they don’t find, but they do end up pollinating. Sneaky tree.

Check out some photos of the tree and a few varieties of flower growing around my building at on site at my place of work.

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Pink Frangipani - plumeria - Haikou, Hainan China - September 2012

Pink Frangipani - plumeria - Haikou, Hainan China - September 2012

Branches of an egg yolk flower tree - Frangipani - Plumeria - ji dan hua shu - Haikou, Hainan, China





Hymenocallis littoralis – The White Spider Lily

9 09 2012

Not a bee-pollinated flower, but gorgeous nevertheless. The White Spider Lily is native to where I’m living, and I wanted to showcase them.

Hymenocallis littoralis  - The White Spider Lily - Haikou, Hainan, China September 2012

Hymenocallis littoralis  - The White Spider Lily - Haikou, Hainan, China September 2012

Hymenocallis littoralis  - The White Spider Lily - Haikou, Hainan, China September 2012

Hymenocallis littoralis  - The White Spider Lily - Haikou, Hainan, China September 2012





Tibouchina urvilleana

30 08 2012

A small, but stunning, flower growing on the grounds of my new apartment building in Haikou, Hainan in tropical Southern China. I crouched down in the flower beds to take my photos only to discover that some of the Chinese living in the complex started photographing me photographing flowers. Strange, but true…

Tibouchina urvilleana in Haikou, Hainan China - August 29 2012

Tibouchina urvilleana in Haikou, Hainan China - August 29 2012

Tibouchina urvilleana in Haikou, Hainan China - August 29 2012








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