Sunday, 31 May 2015


 Doesn't the flower of the Darwin's slippers (Calceolaria uniflora) remind you of a happy alien holding a platter?

The flowers of this plant is known as Darwin's slipper.  I admit that I did not know not much of the scientist other than the came up with the the Origins of species.  Actually it was discovered by Charles Darwin in his voyage around South America.The genus name Calceolaria means "little shoe", referring to the slipper-shaped blooms. These unusual flowers appear throughout the summer. The pouch-like blooms are about 2 inches tall, and are suspended from 4-5 inch tall stems. They have a white band across the open "mouth", with burgundy markings above and below it. A local species of bird likes to eat the white part of the blooms.

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