Sunday, November 15, 2009

Macro Monday: Red Hot Poker





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Red Hot Poker, Torch lily, Poker Plant (Kniphofia uvaria)

a genus of plants in the family Asphodelaceae that includes 70 or more species native to Africa. Some species have been commercially used horticulturally and are commonly known for their bright, rocket-shaped flowers.

These plants produce spikes of brightly-colored, hanging, red-to-orange flowers. This gives names such as "torch" and "red hot poker" to many of them.

The Kniphofia genus is named after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof, a 18th century German physician and botanist.

There is a clump in my neighbour's garden, and it was just perfect for me to take the different stages of the flower.

Hmmmmm! do I see a humming bird? I must spent more time looking out of my window to see if there is one, as Hot red pokers are a favourite of the humming birds.

11 comments:

Jay said...

nice pic and thank for sharing.

Jay said...

I've following your blog for quite sometime but only realise that your birth place is Sibu. It all happen whin I saw your Sarawak label. I enjoy reading your article as well as the picture you post. My blog content mostly events and picture around Sibu.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

This is a most unusual plant..thanks for enlightening me!!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Ann: That is a beautiful plant and quite unusual. Your country has much to share.

colleen said...

We have those here and they are always such a beautiful sight in the spring. Love the shots

CTG Ponies said...

One of my favorite plants. Very pretty.

Bagman and Butler said...

I learn new things all the time. Thank you. And you do it with such beautiful pictures too.

Tabib said...

Strange flowers!. Thanks for info.

flowerweaver said...

Wow!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Well done Ann, it is a very pretty bloom. I have never grown them..but I really do love their color:)

moresecretwhispers said...

what a cool looking plant & a lovely colour