Little Yellow Flower FOTD, May 22, 2019

 

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I can’t remember where I was today when I had to stop and take a photo of this little beauty. (Smitha has told me it is a Crossandra. Thanks, Smitha. I see it is also called the Firecracker Plant.)

For Cee’s FOTD

25 thoughts on “Little Yellow Flower FOTD, May 22, 2019

            1. lifelessons Post author

              Absolutely, that’s what it is. It is also called the firecracker plant. I love knowing the names of things and thank you for assisting me with this one, Smitha.

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            2. lifelessons Post author

              Smitha, Forgottenman found a fascinating reason for the name “firecracker plant.” You can find it in comments just published under the flower.

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  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    You have the most interesting flowers and the best colors.

    As a former reader of astrology and tarot, be warned that what you think it means may be what it means — and it might mean something entirely different. Because all of this stuff is contextual and the books are not true prognosticators. As I said, it may mean just what you think. It may mean something entirely different, too.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      These things just help us to find what we really want to do. They are not something that leads the way but rather something that gives us permission to find our own way.

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  2. okcforgottenman

    I got curious as to it would be called a firecracker plant and found these two fascinating (imho) explanations.

    Wikipedia says “The common name “firecracker flower” refers to the seed pods, which are found after the flower has dried up, and tend to “explode” when near high humidity or rainfall. The “explosion” releases the seeds onto the ground, thereby creating new seedlings.”

    Another site says “The common name “Firecracker Plant” refers to how mature capsules will explosively dehisce when touched with a moist finger.” (I had to look up “dehisce”. It means to split along a natural line, also to discharge contents by so splitting.)

    Judy, you MUST sacrifice a moist finger when these seed pods fall! Close-up video will be appreciated!

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    1. slmret

      That sounds almost like the propagation technique of the more common (here, anyway) impatiens. It’s a daintier flower, which folds into a seed pod and continues to grow until it bursts — when it bursts, it turns itself inside out and the tiny seeds scatter allover. They’re great fun to pop when they’re ripe! Thanks for the follow-up!

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  3. Lwbut

    Amazing!!

    I saw this post before it was identified by Smitha (Unsurprisingly, as it’s native to India and Sri Lanka!) I spent a couple of hours looking at hundreds of images/sites and came up with Zilch! 😦

    Today i visited a blog of a new follower and looking back at her previous weeks posts i saw something that looked ‘familiar’… sure enough it was a crossandra! (She’s from Florida and apparently they are available in all garden centres in the US??

    So… sorry for the late notification, but you have it and that’s the main thing! 🙂

    (I just checked and i had correctly narrowed it down to the Order: Lamiales, just hadn’t narrowed it down further to the Acanthus family of flowering plants – of which there are 2500 different species!!)

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