Friday, December 26, 2008

Clerodendrum indicum...

Turk's Turban; Skyrocket; Tube Flower...
Family: Verbenaceae (verbena or vervain Family)

I found an interesting flower today on my lunch walk. Took some time for research and ultimately failed and sent out a few emails for help. Paul Rebmann from Wild Florida Photo was the first to answer my plea. Please check out his photography website. It is filled with great information about Florida wildlife as well as plant life. Thanks so much Paul for you help.

I thought this was a curious looking plant and flower and wanted to know more. There is a certain enjoyment in knowing the names of plants and animals. I don’t know why. I hope you enjoy this strange plant as much as I did on my walk.

Did you know:
Turk's turban or tubeflower is a semiwoody shrub or returning perennial, 6-9 ft (1.8-2.7 m) tall and only slightly, if at all, branched. The stem is hollow and the leaves are elliptic and 6-8 in (15-20 cm)long, borne in whorls of four on very short petioles.
The inflorescence is huge, consisting of many tubular snow white flowers in a terminal cluster up to 2 ft (0.6 m) long.
The tubes of the flowers are about 4 in (10 cm) long and droop downward, and the expanded corollas are about 2 in (5 cm) across.
The fruits are attractive dark metallic blue drupes, about a half inch in diameter.
Tubeflower is native to the Malay Archipelago. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental and has become naturalized in South America, the West Indies and much of the southern U.S., where it grows in disturbed sites and especially along road shoulders.


Did you Know research from Floridata.com.
Yay, Tubeflower!
Craig

5 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Most interesting plant.The flowers and seeds are unique.
Blessings,Ruth

shooting star said...

nice flowers..i love flowers and am constantly taking pics of them!!..and of skies in their varied hues!!

GreenJeans said...

Hi Craig, glad you got an id for your flower. Love the blog!

Craig Glenn said...

Thanks GreenJeans for your kind response to my request. Also everyone else who stopped by.

Craig

Tina said...

Craig, I think this little flower would have also attracted my attention...love the colors esp. the fruit being a bluish color sitting next to the pinkish flora. Good shots. Love you header also meant to tell you that a while ago. Hope you enjoyed your Holiday and have a great new year!