Saturday, March 7, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS Bird of Paradise Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Bird of Paradise - Caesalpinia pulcherrima
pictures from the Island of Barbados

Stolz von Barbados- Pfauenstrauch - Caesalpinia pulcherrima.
Der Stolz von Barbados, auch Pfauenstrauch genannt, kann sich wirklich rühmen, eine fantastische Blüte zu haben.
Liebt einen vollsonnigen Platz, bei hoher Luftfeuchte.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a striking ornamental plant, widely grown in tropical gardens. It is also the national flower of the Caribbean island of Barbados, and is depicted on the Queen's personal Barbadian flag.
Medicinal Uses: Medicine men in the Amazon Rainforest have long known some of the medicinal uses for Caesalpinia pulcherrima, which is known as ayoowiri.
The juice from the leaves is said to cure fever, the juice from the flower cures sores, and the seeds cure bad cough, breathing difficulty, and chest pain. Four grams from the root is also said to induce abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy.

pictures by guildrez 2008 - Barbados
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

watching birds and squirrels in my garden...

The first Robin has arrived ...a sure sign of spring!
Maxi went Squirrel hunting and lost his collar and tags.
The Red-breasted Nuthatch is seen quite frequently in our backyard
as well as the red Cardinal !

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS..Clerodendrum Quadriloculare

The first time I discovered this beautiful flowering plant on the US Virgin Island of St. Thomas and again during our last vacation in Samana D.R.
But what is the name?? I searched and searched, took me quite a while to identify the plant.
Here I found the name.. offers a wide variety of tropical plants with pictures.
Including the one is was looking for.

I am sure my visitors will is a gorgeous flower!!

Clerodendrum Quadriloculare
A sensational shrub with large flower heads 8" in diameter made up of smaller pinkish/ purple flowers in clusters, the foliage is especially beautiful having dark green on top and dark purple on the underside.
Height to 6' can be pruned for shape and size.
Clerodendrum is a genus of about 400 species of flowering plants in the family Verbenaceae (or Lamiaceae).

Pictures of Starburst Bush, Shooting Star (Clerodendrum quadriloculare)

Zuerst gesehen auf der Karibischen Insel St. Thomas und wieder in Samana DR.
Wer sucht, der findet..
Ich habe diese herrliche Pflanze mit den grossen Blüten identifizieren als Clerodendrum Quadriloculare koennen.
pictures by guild-rez