Hippeastrum ‘Dancing Queen’: Amaryllis Dancing Queen

Hippeastrum is a genus of about 90 species and over 600 hybrids and cultivars of perennial herbaceous bulbous plants. They generally have large fleshy bulbs and tall broad leaves, generally evergreen, and large red or purple flowers.

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Hippeastrum is a genus in the family Amaryllidaceae [subfamily Amaryllidoideae, tribe Hippeastreae, and subtribe Hippeastrineae]. The name Hippeastrum, given to it by William Herbert, means “Knight’s-star-lily”.

For many years there was confusion among botanists over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum, one result of which is that the common name “amaryllis” is mainly used for cultivars of the genus Hippeastrum, widely sold in the winter months for their ability to bloom indoors.

Photos: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore [20160630]

Source: Wikipedia

Lilium ‘Tiny Double You’

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Lilium ‘Tiny Double You’ developed  in the Netherlands. Bred originally for containers, these are versatile garden plants as well. Lilium ‘Tiny Double You’ is dwarf version of upfacing double orange flowers.

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Lilium [members of which are true lilies] is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. Lilies are a group of flowering plants which are important in culture and literature in much of the world. Most species are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, though their range extends into the northern subtropics. Many other plants have “lily” in their common name but are not related to “true” lilies.

Classification of garden forms. Numerous forms, mostly hybrids, are grown for the garden. They vary according to the species and interspecific hybrids that they derived from, and are classified in the following broad groups:

Asiatic hybrids [Division I]:  These are plants with medium-sized, upright or outward facing flowers, mostly unscented.

Martagon hybrids [Division II]

These are based on Lilium dalhansonii, Lilium hansonii, Lilium martagon, Lilium medeoloides, and Lilium tsingtauense. The flowers are nodding, Turk’s cap style [with the petals strongly recurved].

Candidum [Euro-Caucasian] hybrids [Division III]

This includes mostly European species

American hybrids [Division IV]

These are mostly taller growing forms, originally derived from Lilium bolanderi, Lilium × burbankii, Lilium canadense, Lilium columbianum, Lilium grayi, Lilium humboldtii, Lilium kelleyanum, Lilium kelloggii, Lilium maritimum, Lilium michauxii, Lilium michiganense, Lilium occidentale, Lilium × pardaboldtii, Lilium pardalinum, Lilium parryi, Lilium parvum, Lilium philadelphicum, Lilium pitkinense, Lilium superbum, Lilium ollmeri, Lilium washingtonianum, and Lilium wigginsii.

Many are clump-forming perennials with rhizomatous rootstocks.

Longiflorum hybrids [Division V]

These are cultivated forms of this species and its subspecies. They are most important as plants for cut flowers, and are less often grown in the garden than other hybrids.

Trumpet lilies [Division VI]

This group includes hybrids of many Asiatic species and their interspecific hybrids, including Lilium × aurelianense, Lilium brownii, Lilium × centigale, Lilium henryi, Lilium × imperiale, Lilium × kewense, Lilium leucanthum, Lilium regale, Lilium rosthornii, Lilium sargentiae, Lilium sulphureum and Lilium × sulphurgale.

The flowers are trumpet shaped, facing outward or somewhat downward, and tend to be strongly fragrant, often especially night-fragrant.

Oriental hybrids [Division VII]

These are based on hybrids within Lilium section Archelirion, specifically Lilium auratum and Lilium speciosum, together with crossbreeds from several species native to Japan, including Lilium nobilissimum, Lilium rubellum, Lilium alexandrae, and Lilium japonicum.

They are fragrant, and the flowers tend to be outward facing. Plants tend to be tall, and the flowers may be quite large. The whole group are sometimes referred to as “stargazers” because many of them appear to look upwards.

Other hybrids [Division VIII]

Species [Division IX]

All natural species and naturally occurring forms are included in this group.

The flowers can be classified by flower aspect and form:

Flower aspect: up-facing, out-facing, down-facing,

Flower form: trumpet-shaped, bowl-shaped, flat [or with tepal tips recurved], tepals strongly recurved [with the Turk’s cap form as the ultimate state]

Photos: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore [20160630]

Source: Wikipedia

Tulipa ‘Cilesta’ [2]

Two-toned petals of scarlet red and bright yellow give this double tulip a bold ornament as cut flowers as well as in gardens.

Previous posts can be found here and here.

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The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which around 75 wild species are currently accepted and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus’s native range extends west to the Iberian Peninsula, through North Africa to Greece, the Balkans, Turkey, throughout the Levant [Syria, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan] and Iran, North to Ukraine, southern Siberia and Mongolia, and east to the Northwest of China. The tulip’s centre of diversity is in the Pamir, Hindu Kush, and Tien Shan mountains. It is a typical element of steppe and winter-rain Mediterranean vegetation. A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or as cut flowers.

Photos: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore [20160409, 20160412, 20160429, 20160504]

Source: Wikipedia

Tulipa ‘Rococo’ [2]

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Tulipa ‘Rococo’ is frilly and dashing parrot tulip. The Parrot Tulip has curled and fringed petals, a result of genetic mutation.

Previous post of Tulipa ‘Rococo’ is here.

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The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which around 75 wild species are currently accepted and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus’s native range extends west to the Iberian Peninsula, through North Africa to Greece, the Balkans, Turkey, throughout the Levant [Syria, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan] and Iran, North to Ukraine, southern Siberia and Mongolia, and east to the Northwest of China. The tulip’s centre of diversity is in the Pamir, Hindu Kush, and Tien Shan mountains. It is a typical element of steppe and winter-rain Mediterranean vegetation. A number of species and many hybrid cultivars are grown in gardens, as potted plants, or as cut flowers.

Photos: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore [20160412, 20160419]

Source: Wikipedia

Xenocatantops humilis: Short-horned Grasshopper

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^ Mature Xenocatantops humilis

Life Cycle

A newly hatched grasshopper, known as a nymph, has no wings and thus cannot fly. It needs to go through about five stages before becoming a fully mature adult with wings and all. Each stage, known as a moult, involves shedding its exoskeleton and replacing it with a new one. This is necessary as the exoskeleton cannot expand as the body increases in size with each stage of growth.

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Found throughout Singapore and its offshore islands.

Photos: Pasir Ris Park and Nature Reserve, Singapore [20160306]

Source: iNaturalist.calkcnhm.nus.edu.sg

Melanitis leda: Common Evening Brown Butterfly

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The Common Evening Brown [Melanitis leda] is a common species of butterfly found flying at dusk. The flight of this species is erratic. They are found in AfricaAfrica, South Asia and South-east Asia extending to parts of Australia.

The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of grasses including rice and millets.  Adults feed mainly on nectar, and in rare cases visit rotting fruits.

Photo: Pasir Ris Park and Nature Reserve, Singapore [20160228]

Source: Wikipedia