In this part of the series, I shall post about a strange flower I encountered during my trip a few years ago.
Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu State, India)
Kanyakumari is a picturesque and historical place full of great beaches and hills, located in the Southernmost point of Peninsular India.
This flower looked very beautiful. Interestingly though, I didn’t know about it.
A series of Google Image searches for this flower yielded the closest possible match as Lantana calippo.
Lantana calippo is a relatively easy to grow shrub found in many parts of India. It’s flowers are yellow or orange in colour. Insects like bees and butterflies often flock around these flowers for nectar. The plant or its flowers or fruits may be toxic for humans, and should not be ingested without seeking permission from professional medical practitioners.
The other close candidate for this flower is Lantana camara.
Which of these do you think is the flower posted here? Do share your thoughts in the comment section below so that the corrections may be subsequently incorporated.
UPDATE – 1:
As suggested by Ms. Nanchi (https://nanchi.blog/), the flowers shown in this picture are actually Ixora chinensis (Commonly known as Prince of Orange) or Ixora coccinea (Commonly known as Jungle Flame). Both these species of the genus Ixora appear quite similar.
Thank you for providing the correction.
Hope you liked this flower and this photograph and are intrigued to know more about it. Looking forward to interacting more with you and “Make Mondays un-mundane”..
© Abirbhav Mukherjee. All the pictures / videos posted in this article are my own unless otherwise mentioned.