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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Leopard Lily (Belamcanda Chinensis)

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Leopard lilies have 10-inch long, sword-shaped leaves that give rise to 2-foot stems. Each stem holds many 6-petaled, orange flowers speckled with red. Flowers only last for a day, drying with a twist into tight spirals, then falling as pods develop. They are, however, soon followed by other blossoms, flowering during July and August. Eventually the oval, green pods split open to reveal attractive, shiny black seeds.


Origin:
The leopard lily is a flowering perennial of Chinese origin and is locally used in Chinese villages for its medicinal values.


Background:
Leopard lily is an ornamental plant in the Iridaceae family. In 2005, based on molecular DNA sequence evidence, Belamcanda chinensis, the sole species in the genus Belamcanda, was transferred to the genus Iris and renamed Iris domestica.

Variant Names:
Belamcanda chinensis is commonly known as Blackberry lily, Leopard flower, or Leopard lily; its name from different countries includes Belamcanda punctata, Gemmingia chinensis, Iris chinensis, Ixia chinensis, Morea chinensis, and Pardanthus chinensis.

Source: en.wikipedia.org, home.howstuffworks.com

Photograph taken at Fort Canning Park, Singapore by Cher

16 comments:

  1. "leopard-ly" indeed Cher, come to think of it, God made flowers and animals in pairs....so we too must really have flower counterparts he he he...God is so amazing...thank you again for this pretty picture which refreshes my eyes...gosh i am bad at memorizing scientific names, will we be having a quiz on "flower hunt"? ha ha ha ha "i will fail" he-he-he-he...match to the corresponding salityper instead he he he....that i will be able to figure out....he he he he

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  2. kulasa, walang exam pero ewan ko lang kay lolo ponsoy baka biglang magpa-quiz! hehehe!

    thanks, Icy!

    che, the flower is for you! :)

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  3. another blossom to inspire us! fantastic shot there cher!and like kulasa here,i thiink i will fail if alfonso is going to give us a quiz on scientific names of these lovely flowers!!

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  4. That lily has quite a personality with those leopard spots. I really like it and thanks for the info on this flower.

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  5. thanks Eng! yan ang forte ko nung bata-bata pa ako, ang mag-memorize ng scientific names pero pag ngayon magpapa-quiz si kuya fonz malamang di rin ako papasa! hehehe!

    thanks for leaving a wonderful comment Poetic Shutterbug! it's my pleasure to share my flower hunt with bits of info. :)

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  6. What a unique, and beatiful flower. Will it grow in the states, or only in China?

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  7. Hi Mellissa, blackberry lily also grows in US. There are some studies done in University of Florida and University of Winconsin, Madison about this flower...

    Thanks for leaving a comment :)

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  8. This flower has its unique personality ! and medicinal too ! that's amazing !

    Oh on the exam heheheeh I will have to absent myself from this test - I barely can pass my nursing terminologies hehehehe

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  9. very nice, the pattern and colors are very good combination. beautiful flower

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  10. chuva chenis kodaker hehehe mis yah sis!

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  11. thanks Ayie! ;)

    miss u too, sis! i have visited your site... nakitawa na rin di lang nagparamdam. hehehe! will leave comment next time. :)

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  12. Cher, was out in vacation when this was published, just had the time to browse the old posts. Another very beautiful collection for you Cher, and thanks for sharing the information. You are really growing in photography Cher. I can feel your happiness or every click of the camera :)

    Cher, left the July 29 flower hunt, in case you have more ready. keep on posting Cher.

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  13. thanks betchai! i have another draft ready to publish. i'll take the next available date which i haven't checked in the schedule yet... so i'll take July 29? :)

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  14. ok Cher, i'll mark July 29 for you, thanks a lot, always!

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  15. don't mention, my pleasure! ;-)

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