Friday, September 9, 2011

Plant ID



Just for fun ... can you identify this flower / plant? I'm sure most of you love it. I know that I do. I saw it on one of my trips and got all excited because I had never seen it in bloom before. I just had to click a photo to show you.

22 comments:

  1. Lime flowers ? ( or some citrus)

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  2. That is a tea plant (Camellia sinensis)...and yes, I love both the plant and the product.

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  3. I think its lemon flower...seen it in my childhood looks like that only.

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  4. Sunita girl I have no idea what the plant is but it is beautiful !
    I was reading a bit about the monsoon season and it must be such a relief for you all : )
    I've seen some gorgeous programs on India .. one especially called "Mystical India" was fantastic ! : )
    Joy

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  5. You hit the nail on the spot, College Gardener! It is the bloom of the Tea plant :)
    How on earth did you know? Normally one just notices the whole bush blending into the hillside and this was the first time I've seen its bloom.

    Usha, Disha ... if I didn't know the answer already I would've guessed lime flower too.

    Joy, dont you just love it when a 'useful' plant can look pretty too?
    Oh yes, I love the monsoon! Especially after the terribly hot summer.
    Maybe all those programs will tempt you into making a trip here, Joy. What fun that will be!

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  6. thank you.I have never noticed or rather seen a tea flower.very interesting post

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  7. Lovely. I have never seen a bloom of the tea plant. Is it as big as it seems in the picture or is it a close up shot?

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  8. It's beautiful with that burst of stamens!

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  9. Wow..so pretty :)
    I know the excitement... felt the same when i saw coffee blooms for the first time ever...

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  10. Neither had I, Anu. I guess that with all that leaf and tip-plucking, the flowers rarely get a chance to show up.

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  11. Yes, this is a close-up shot, Radha. It isn't all that big... little more than 1" in diameter.

    That's a nice way of putting it Indiwriter :)

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  12. I totally agree, Shady C! I wish all 'useful' things were half as pretty!

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  13. I know what you mean, Priya :)
    Coffee blooms have such a sweet fragrance. They're so pretty too. But then so are the ripening berries.

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  14. I only saw tea plantations in Ooty, India and Taiwan, I wonder if we have your tea varieties here in the country, much more see its flowers. But we have an endemic tea plant we call "tsaang gubat" as in forest tea. Now i will look for its blooms to compare with this beautiful one!

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  15. Hi Andrea :)
    I had no idea that they grow tea in Taiwan. Somehow it is always associated with Phalaenopsis orchids in my mind.
    Nor did I know about the 'forest tea'. Are the leaves from that plant used too for any specialty tea?
    This photo was taken in Munnar, one of the major tea-growing places in India (and very scenic too).

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  16. Beautiful flower and now I know a little more about it :)

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  17. Everyday things can still spring a surprise, cant they, IHM? And such a pretty surprise too! :)

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  18. Sunita, I grow Camellias, so I was thinking of the tea plant. Sasanqua has similar flowers. It must be a show on a teaplantation. Or do they take them of from the plant, or are they used for something else?

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  19. Ah! but of course, a camellia grower would immediately spot the plant, right Trudi? Actually till date I had never spotted the blooms of the tea-plant though I've visited tea-growing regions fairly frequently. I guess all that plucking of "two-leaves-and-a-bud" keeps it bare of flowers normally.

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  20. High Ranges, not Sri Lankan, Amila ;D

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