Chrysanthemum sp.: Spider Chrysanthemum

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Kiku or chrysanthemum is a very common motif on kimono and all related items. In addition to being a very common flower with many variations, it is also the official flower of the Imperial Family of Japan.

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One of the many variations is Rangiku [Kanji: 乱菊; Kana:  らんぎく] or Spider Chrysanthemum

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Literally “rebellious” or “disordered” chrysanthemum, these are portrayed as clusters of long, narrow petals with a distinctive upward curl at the end of the petal.

Source: www.immortalgeisha.com

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140122]

Chrysanthemum sp.: Spray Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums, sometimes called mums or chrysanths, are flowering plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Most species originate from East Asia and the center of diversity is in China. There are about 40 valid species.  There are countless horticultural varieties and cultivars.

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Chrysanthemum spray forms is one of many artistically trained forms.  Garden chrysanthemum flowers come in many forms. Some examples include:

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^ Singles – resemble daisies;

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^ Doubles – large outer petals and smaller center petals;

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^ Pompons – dense masses of petals curve in to form a globular shape;

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^ Spiders – long, thin petals;

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^ Spoons – tubular petals flare out into little spoons at the tips;

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^ Anemones – one or more rows of petals surrounding a raised central disc.

Source: Wikipedia

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140122]

Anthurium: Flamingo Flower

Anthurium is a large genus of about 600–800 species of flowering plants, belonging to the arum family [Araceae]. Anthurium can also be called “flamingo flower” or “boy flower”, both referring to the structure of the spathe [leaf like bract] and spadix.

Anthurium flowers are small [about 3 mm] and develop crowded in a spike on a fleshy axis, called a spadix, a characteristic of the Araceae. The flowers on the spadix are often divided sexually with a sterile band separating male from female flowers. This spadix can take on many forms [club-shaped, tapered, spiraled, and globe-shaped] and colors [white, green, purple, red, pink, or a combination].

Anthurium sp.: Inflorescence

The spadix is part of an inflorescence, the outer portion is called the spathe. The spathe may be a single color [yellow, green, or white] or possibly multicolored including burgundy and red.

^ Anthurium sp.: Unripe berries

The fruits are usually berries with one to multiple seeds on an infructescence that may be pendant or erect depending on species. Ripe Anthurium berries may range in colour from bright red to black, and may also be bicoloured or shaded.

Photos: Cloud ForestGBTBSingapore 20120629

Source: Wikipedia

Lilium sp.: Lilies

Lilium is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large, prominent flowers. They comprise a genus of about 110 species in the lily family Liliaceae. Most species are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, though their range extends into the northern subtropics.

Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies and more… Enjoy!

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Photos: Flower Dome, GBTBSingapore 201207

Ponerorchis graminifolia Orchid

Ponerorchis is a small genus of Asian terrestrial tuberous orchids. They can be found in evergreen forests and meadows in temperate, mountainous regions from the Himalayas to Siberia and Japan.

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Ponerorchis graminifolia is a very variable species with grass-like leaves up to 14 cm long and less than a cm wide. Most of the specimens have a flower with a white or pale purple background and purple/blue accents, with varying degrees of contrast; a few dozen small [1/2” tall and 1/4” wide] flowers on the inflorescence.

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Photos: Singapore Garden Festival 2012Singapore 20120712

Source: Wikipedia, Culturesheet.org

Miltoniopsis ‘White Moth’: White Moth Orchid

Miltoniopsis, abbreviated Mltnps in horticultural trade, is a genus of orchids. It consists of 5 species, native to Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Colombia. They are named after Lord Fitzwilliam Milton, an English orchid enthusiast. Miltoniopsis’s common name is Pansy Orchid.

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^ Miltoniopsis ‘White Moth’, white satiny petals and sepals with red-maroon-purple “waterfall”.

Although the flowers are similar, Mitoniopsis differs from Miltonia by having one leaf to each pseudobulb, and a lobed column that is united to the labellum through a keel. In addition, the column is not concave at the base.

Photos: Singapore Garden Festival 2012Singapore 20120712

Source: Wikipedia

Miltoniopsis ‘Claret Punch’ Orchid

Miltoniopsis, abbreviated Mltnps in horticultural trade, is a genus of orchids. It consists of 5 species, native to Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Colombia. They are named after Lord Fitzwilliam Milton, an English orchid enthusiast. Miltoniopsis’s common name is Pansy Orchid.

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^ Miltoniopsis ‘Claret Punch’ has deep dark red-maroon-puple.

Although the flowers are similar, Mitoniopsis differs from Miltonia by having one leaf to each pseudobulb, and a lobed column that is united to the labellum through a keel. In addition, the column is not concave at the base.

Photo: Singapore Garden Festival 2012Singapore 20120712

Source: Wikipedia