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Unknown Flower


By Dwyllis

Unknown Flower

This gorgeous flower is growing in the privately-owned sub-tropical garden called Wharepuke Garden in Kerikeri, way up high on the North Island of New Zealand. I thought this was a flower on a passion-fruit vine, but others I have seen are purple rather than pink, & the fruit does not look like passion fruit & the leaves look different. Then I thought it might be a clematis growing through the small tree behind?

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Absolutely beautiful!

26 Apr, 2012


looks almost hibiscus-like to me???

26 Apr, 2012


This looks very much like a picture I posted a few months ago. Big tree.
Delonix named it....
Ceiba speciosa (fka: Chorisia speciosa) or Silk floss tree flower

26 Apr, 2012



You learned something from me. LOL! :>)

It is Ceiba speciosa (fka: Chorisia speciosa) or Silk floss tree flower. Typically, this tree blooms from late summer through fall. It can become a very large tree with many hundreds of thousands of flowers. Some of the largest trees here in California are 100ft/31m tall.

Dwyllis: Here's some of pics:

27 Apr, 2012


Thankyou for that information Alexandramou & Delonix. It's always great to be able to put a name to a beautiful plant .... & I thought this flower would be growing on a shrub! It must look absolutely magnificent when that tree is fully-grown. Obviously favours sub-tropical climate, which is why it is growing way up high on our North Island, & I've never seen it growing anywhere else ... the rest of NZ is Temperate in climate .. so it is the same as UK, though we have hotter summers in the North Island & the top of the South Island, & no snow in most places throughout the North Island.

27 Apr, 2012


Yes, it is a magnificent tree when fully-grown and in full bloom. It is a subtropical tree, however, is pretty hardy...although, not to heavy frost or snow. It's native to southern Brazil.

27 Apr, 2012

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