I have always loved Brugmansia — with its almost alien looks and exuberant blooms. I typical see the standard, yellow variety here in Southern California, but I love both the shape of these flowers and their orange color — almost as if each blossom had been dipped in paint — or blood, as the name references (Sanguinea in Latin translates to blood)
Looking over the number of times I have posted Brugmansia pictures to my web site, I guess I really do have an affinity for them. You can find my photos a little further down in this post.
Brugmansia sanguinea, the red Angel’s Trumpet, is a South American species of flowering plants that grow as shrubs or small trees.
Brugmansia sanguinea is a small tree reaching up to 10 m (33 ft) in height. The nodding, tube-shaped flowers come in colors of brilliant red, yellow, orange, or green.– Wikipedia
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Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae. Their large, fragrant flowers give them their common name of angel’s trumpets, a name sometimes used for the closely related genus Datura. Brugmansia are woody trees or shrubs, with pendulous, not erect, flowers, that have no spines on their fruit. Datura species are herbaceous bushes with erect (not pendulous) flowers, and most have spines on their fruit. – Wikipedia
While my wife was working on a project with a friend, I decided to walk around their neighborhood to see what I could see. Here are the photos that resulted. I have a couple of unidentified items that I could use your help with, though. Here are those photos and a link to a slide show of the complete collection of photos from the walk.
Can you identify either of these two plants? Please leave a comment!
Fungi make up a huge part of the plant kingdom, but often we don’t even notice them. These fungi popped up in my garden a few years ago, probably digesting old tree roots or something similar.
A fungus (/ˈfʌŋɡəs/; plural: fungi or funguses) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, protists and bacteria. One major difference is that fungal cells have cell walls that contain chitin, unlike the cell walls of plants and some protists, which contain cellulose, and unlike the cell walls of bacteria. These and other differences show that the fungi form a single group of related organisms, named the Eumycota (true fungi or Eumycetes), that share a common ancestor (is amonophyletic group). This fungal group is distinct from the structurally similar myxomycetes (slime molds) and oomycetes (water molds). The discipline of biology devoted to the study of fungi is known as mycology (from the Greekμύκης, mukēs, meaning “fungus”). Mycology has often been regarded as a branch of botany, even though it is a separate kingdom in biological taxonomy. Genetic studies have shown that fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants.
Mimulus pictus is a species of monkeyflower known by the common name calico monkeyflower. It is endemic to central California, where it is known only from the southernmost Sierra Nevada and adjacent Tehachapi Mountains in Tulare and Kern Counties. It grows in forest and woodland habitat, in open, bare, rocky, and often disturbed areas. This is an annual herb growing in a small patch at ground level or erect to a maximum height of about 38 centimeters. The stem is hairy and rectangular in cross-section. The oppositely arranged leaves are somewhat oval in shape and up to 4.5 centimeters long. The tubular base of the flower is encapsulated in a dark reddish calyx of sepals with uneven lobes. The five-lobed flower has a maroon throat and the circular face is white with stark maroon veining. – Wikipedia.org
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Most of the species are annuals or herbaceousperennials, but a few species are subshrubs with woody stems; these are treated in the section Diplacus. Diplacus is clearly derived from within Mimulus s.l. and was not usually considered to be generically distinct. Hence, it would not be treated as a genus separate from Mimulus now, though it might become a section of a yet-to-be defined split from Mimulus s.str.. A large number of the species grow in moist to wet soils with some growing even in shallow water. Some species produce copious amounts of aromatic compounds, giving them a musky odor (hence “musk-flowers”).
Mimulus are called monkey-flowers because some species have flowers shaped like a monkey’s face. The generic name, Latin mimus meaning “mimic actor”, from the Greek mimos meaning “imitator” also references this. The stem of a few species of Mimulus can be either smooth or hairy, and this trait is determined by a simple allelic difference.[verification needed] At least M. lewisii is known to possess “flypaper-type” traps and is apparently protocarnivorous, supplementing itsnutrients with small insects. — Wikipedia
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I am not a big fan of apricots myself. I find their flavor a little off-putting, but I know many people who adore them. It seems that apricot was a popular backyard tree when our development was built back in the 40′s, as there are many, quite old, apricot trees scattered about. These flowers come from 2 neighborhood trees I saw on my regular walk. Our own apricot expired about 5 years after we bought this house.
The apricot is a small tree, 8–12 m (26–39 ft) tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm (16 in) in diameter and a dense, spreading canopy. The leaves are ovate, 5–9 cm (2.0–3.5 in) long and 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) wide, with a rounded base, a pointed tip and a finely serrated margin. The flowers are 2–4.5 cm (0.8–1.8 in) in diameter, with five white to pinkish petals; they are produced singly or in pairs in early spring before the leaves. The fruit is a drupe similar to a small peach, 1.5–2.5 cm (0.6–1.0 in) diameter (larger in some modern cultivars), from yellow to orange, often tinged red on the side most exposed to the sun; its surface can be smooth (botanically described as: glabrous) or velvety with very short hairs (botanically: pubescent). The flesh is usually firm and not very juicy. Its taste can range from sweet to tart. The single seed is enclosed in a hard, stony shell, often called a “stone”, with a grainy, smooth texture except for three ridges running down one side. – Wikipedia
Celebrate the camellia, which brightens gray winter days with its colorful blossoms. Activities free with admission unless noted.
FAIRY TOURS OF THE ENCHANTED FOREST Both days | 9:30am-noon | Magnolia Lawn The forest sprites from A Faery Hunt once again lead tours of the Camellia Collection for young and old. Tours are about 20 minutes long. First come, first served.
TEA TIME WITH CHADO TEA Both days | 10am-2pm | Center Circle Learn all about tea (Camellia sinensis) from the experts at Chado Tea of Pasadena. They will provide tea tastings, offer information and sell select teas. At 11:30am both days, Jordan Essey from Chado will discuss the origin of tea, how it is processed and categorized in Van de Kamp.
CAMELLIA WALK & TALK Both days | 10:30am, noon & 1:30pm | Center Circle Take a guided walk of the Descanso collection and get expert advice on caring for these beautiful plants.
CAMELLIAS: QUEEN OF THE WINTER GARDEN Saturday only | 1pm | Van de Kamp Brad King of the Southern California Camellia Society will share information about camellia cultivation, care and the Descanso collection.
TEA CEREMONY Sunday only | 11am & 2pm | Minka Share in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Tickets go on sale Jan. 10 at ticketweb.com. $15. Advance ticket required.