21 August 2006

Chilean bellflower

I know you've been pining away in my absence, but it was worth the wait: The Lapageria rosea is blooming. These have been called the most beautiful flower in the world, usually by people attempting to extort ridiculous sums for them on the internet.

Regardless, it is indeed beautiful. This cultivar (Nahuelbuta) dates to at least 1919. Its "sepaloid tepals" seem quite distinct from the "petals," but what do I know? Check out some of the other cultivars here.


Blogger lisa said...

Oooooh! Pretty!!

9/03/2006 1:00 AM  
Blogger Loretta said...

These are gorgeous!

9/05/2006 5:55 PM  

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