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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Walking Iris (Neomarica Gracillis)

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This flower emerges from what appears to be just another leaf, but is really a flower stalk structured to look like the other leaves; they are 5-10 cm diameter, and closely resemble Iris flowers. After pollination, the new plantlet appears where the flower emerged and the stalk continues to grow longer. The weight of the growing plantlet causes the stalk to bend toward the ground, allowing the new plantlet to root away from its parent. This is how it obtained the common name of "Walking Iris". The other common name "Apostle Plant" comes from the belief that the plant will not flower until the individual has at least 12 leaves, the number of apostles of Jesus.

Origin: Neomarica Gracillis is native to tropical regions of western Africa, and Central and South America, with the highest diversity (12 species) in Brazil.

Background: Neomarica is a genus of 16 species of plants in family Iridaceae.

Common Names: Walking Iris, Apostle Plant


Source: Wikipedia

Photograph taken at Fort Canning Park, Singapore by Cher

14 comments:

  1. wow, it is very interesting Cher, almost like an orchid too where a plantlet emerges from the flower, so great to learn new stuffs from each other.

    and the walking iris makes sense, just like my jumping cholla post in my site :)

    beautiful picture by the way.

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  2. Beautiful photo, Cher! Like betchai said, it's like an orchid, and I think that our Conservatory here, listed this flower in the orchid family if I'm not mistaken.

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  3. That is a beautiful plant. It is too cold here to grow something like that.

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  4. I agree with Betchai. AT first glance I thought it was an orchid. It's simply lovely.

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  5. nice wiki for the walking iris...

    pretty capture, good details!

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  6. It looks like a "dancing lady" orchid. beautiful. =)

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  7. thanks everyone! at first, i thought it was an orchid too. :)

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  8. i agree with everyone,...does look like an orchid...it brightened my day Dimples..mwah!

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  9. hi kulasa! i like your new profile pic! your smile brightened my day too. :)

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  10. Wow it really is interesting ! The name of the flower Walking Iris is cute too !

    Thanks Cher !

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  11. Cher, agree ako, ganda nang smile ni kulasa sa profile pic nya, parang artista ang dating, doktorang artista, artistang doktora

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  12. yellow is such a happy color! thanks for sharing the pix of this exquisite flower, cher. it made me smile:) i love the name "walking iris," too. how fancy! God bless you for sharing with us your talent in photography!

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  13. lovely flower! how the world would look like without them i can't imagine...i love yellow color ones it exudes warmth, very welcoming!

    you are so lucky to be in a place where all this blooms sprouts....

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  14. Love the flower! I have been looking for the White/Purple Walking Iris in Singapore, have you seen one so far?

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