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19/02/2014 at 08:30

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQg1gFhx6KwC57w-9k7AFVJBIu8mUwDSW7ms83smt0HzcHqZD5h0Q

Found this beauty when googling for something else. I'm just interested if anyone knows what it is. Thank you.

 

19/02/2014 at 08:33

No idea MrsG.  Is it real?     If so what a colour.  

19/02/2014 at 08:38

It doesn't look real does it. My knowledge of tender exotica is almost non-existent, sorry

Edd
19/02/2014 at 09:27

Not sure if it is true but it says it is real and is a tropical Hibiscus called Lavender Beauty. by Sharon Web

http://flickriver.com/photos/sastarrett/popular-interesting/

19/02/2014 at 09:55

Lavender Beauty for sure.

19/02/2014 at 10:15

I thought it might be a Hibiscus but the stigma looked wrong.

19/02/2014 at 11:47

Thanks everyone. I do hope it is real. Hibiscus lavender beauty is close but as Jim says the stigma is different (is it possible for it to be cut down for photographic style?). Those photos by Sharon Web are stunning Edd!

19/02/2014 at 14:24

I agree about the stigma, I have seen quite a few Hibiscuses [ hibisci ? ] in the Carribean and they all have the long Stigma.

19/02/2014 at 16:25

It is Alyogyne huegelii. This is an Australian genus in the same family as Hibiscus, the Malvaceae. It's also named  Blue Hibiscus and Lilac Hibiscus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alyogyne_huegelii

19/02/2014 at 17:50

Well done Flowerchild. You're right. 

19/02/2014 at 20:19

Wow Flowerchild  The wealth of knowledge on this site NEVER ceases to amaze me .  I suppose its a case of a hundred gardening heads being better than one.

19/02/2014 at 20:24

Thanks SO much Flowerchild, I'm so glad I asked the question!

Here are a few more of the same I have now googled!

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRk0iLZrp6awhzpAiWHFY1oXygxPSaw9wKV-KIPqlYgWbEF2B8Dsg

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQl4rmoJjqYHETAYxHEqq3CRAkGiB4Q1ifSCruN1BdiuHVIRXXd

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRa-vMhVDw7MghMymdetxpgGG1Dx9YUwJVOS6jOedk8HrhOrxl63g

Oh my goodness - also seen  or sale on Ebay!!! Think I should just settle with my simpler Hibiscus Bluebird though for now!

20/02/2014 at 16:04

This  alogyne is gorgeous isn' t it - I kept it outside in a pot one very warm summer, but doubedt it was keepable over the winter, and indeed it died, though was in a cool greenhouse - I expect it likes more heat and light than we can provide here.  It really is that colour, you'd make a fortune if you could produce a fabric just like that!

21/02/2014 at 10:41

Thanks, Jim MacD and Chicky

Bookertoo, I'm not familiar with the Australian climate, but I suspect that it must be very hot. The colour of this photo, I agree, it's gorgeous. But I'm afraid that in most photos the colour has been edited. I have a feeling that the true colour must be lighter than that in the photo.

My M. used to say( when I was a small child and drooling over pictures in those mail order catalogues) "Child, paper is patient". By which she meant to warn me not to trust those vibrant colours in these catalogues. And nowadays it's common practice to enhance colours with Paint and all the other photo editing software.

BTW, would somebody please be so kind to tell me what I could have done wrong when I tried to make the link clickable?? I haven't got a clue. It used to be very simple but I seem to have forgotten how to do that...

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