Leopard Flower, Belamcanda chinensis
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This was taken with Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot Camera Phone in the Singapore HortPark, marked as Leopard Flower and origin from China. In Wikipedia, it was stated that it is used in Chinese villages for its medicinal values. The first thing I saw in the car park of HortPark was this beautiful flower. And there were bees busy pollinating the flower. I tried to take shots of the bees on the Leopard Flower but I was too slow.

According to Wikipedia, Belamcanda chinensis (Blackberry lily, Leopard flower, Leopard lily) is an ornamental plant in the Iridaceae family. In 2005, based on molecular DNA sequence evidence, Belamcanda chinensis, the sole species in the genus Belamcanda, was transferred to the genus Iris and renamed Iris domestica.

The plant grows 60-90 cm tall in full sun and is often found blanketing hill sides, the flowers can range form red to yellow to orange or mixed and bloom in summer to early autumn (fall).

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  1. by eastcoastlife, on June 17 2009 @ 2:30 am


    I’m not aware of its medicinal values. It’s a lovely flower though. :)

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  2. by Auntie E, on June 17 2009 @ 3:30 am


    What a unique flower.. Happy WW

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  3. by Sara Bonds @ Ordinary and Awesome, on June 17 2009 @ 4:17 am


    What a beautiful and unique flower!!

    Happy WW from Sara @ the Mostly Wordless Wednesday H.Q.!

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  4. by Shelly, on June 17 2009 @ 4:30 am


    Beautiful Flower.

    Happy WW!

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  5. by Julie@Momspective, on June 17 2009 @ 4:43 am


    Ooh! I’ve never seen anything like that!

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  6. by Jennifer, on June 17 2009 @ 5:10 am

  7. by Leigh, on June 17 2009 @ 6:08 am


    Beautiful, I’ve never seen anything like it! Happy WW!

  8. by stacy di, on June 17 2009 @ 6:28 am


    it is beautiful!

  9. by Blazing Minds, on June 17 2009 @ 7:27 am


    What a lovely photo and flower, I never seen one of these flowers before, it’s so nice to see something new. Happy WW 😉

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  10. by Danielle, on June 17 2009 @ 9:46 am


    That is a beautiful flower. I have never seen or heard of it before. That would have been so fun to see a bee in there! Here is my Wordless Wednesday!

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  11. by Liza, on June 17 2009 @ 11:15 am


    First time I’ve seen such flower, it’s beautiful. :)

  12. by Beth F, on June 17 2009 @ 1:15 pm


    Lovely — I don’t think I’ve seen that flower before.

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  13. by katherine, on June 17 2009 @ 3:00 pm


    Oh..This is the first time i saw a leopard flower. I wonder what’s the smell of that flower because i love flowers.

    Thanks for the visit. Happy WW.

  14. by Sue, on June 17 2009 @ 3:47 pm


    Beautiful flower. I never saw one like that before. It’s amazing how many kinds of flowers there are. Happy WW!

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  15. by Symphony of Love, on June 17 2009 @ 6:23 pm


    @ ECL, I wouldn’t know also until I saw the information in Wikipedia. :)

    @ Auntie E, Sara, it is indeed quite unique. :)

    @ Shelly, Stacy, Jennifer, I agree with you that it is certainly beautiful. Small but when you see them in numbers, it is quite a pleasant sight. :)

    @ Julie, Leigh, Karen, Danielle, Liza, Beth, Sue, it was the first time I am seeing this flower too. A good thing is the HortPark put up a sign to show the name of the flower. Else I wouldn’t know it is called Leopard Flower too. :)

    @ Katherine, there didn’t seem to be any smell coming from the flower. Perhaps I did not put my nose close enough to smell it. :)

  16. by VanillaSeven, on June 17 2009 @ 6:38 pm


    Hortpark its a beautiful place to take flower shot :)

    The other name of this flower is Blackberry Lily.

    Here is what I took last time


    Nice post :)

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  17. by Reiza, on June 17 2009 @ 8:00 pm


    I’ve never seen one of those, but it’s gorgeous.

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  18. by Frugal Fritzie, on June 17 2009 @ 8:03 pm


    That’s so pretty, I’ve never seen a Leopard Flower, cool!

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  19. by Buckeroomama, on June 17 2009 @ 9:05 pm


    At first glance, I’d thought it was some special kind of orchid. :) Beautiful.

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  20. by Symphony of Love, on June 17 2009 @ 9:11 pm


    @ Vanilla, I learned about the Blackberry name from Wikipedia too. Thanks for sharing. HortPark is indeed a nice place to take photos of flower. :)

  21. by Kristen @All In A Mom's Life, on June 17 2009 @ 9:26 pm


    Wow! What a beautiful flower!

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  22. by Symphony of Love, on June 18 2009 @ 12:17 am


    @ Reiza, Frugal Fritzie, I have not seen something like this before too. It was the first time I saw Leopard Flower and what an apt name; it does resemble the pattern of a leopard. :)

    @ Buckeroomama, now that you mentioned, it does look a little like an orchid. Luckily there is a sign to show what kind of flower it is, else I may mistake it for an orchid too. :)

    @ Kristen, I agree that it is beautiful. :)

  23. by Mozi Esmes Mommy, on June 18 2009 @ 12:20 am


    Very pretty flower!

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  24. by Felicia, on June 18 2009 @ 3:39 am


    Very beautiful! I love your camera if it takes that great of pictures!

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  25. by oysterblogger, on June 18 2009 @ 4:57 am


    wiw that is a cool flower

  26. by Symphony of Love, on June 18 2009 @ 7:59 am


    @ Mozi and oysterblogger, thank you for dropping by.

    @ Felicia, yes, it can take pretty good photos but it has its limitations. :)

  27. by Janice, on June 18 2009 @ 11:17 am


    It is a lovely flower.

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  28. by AJacobsen, on June 18 2009 @ 12:32 pm


    Wow, that’s beautiful!! Thanks for stopping by yesterday!

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  29. by Marlene, on June 18 2009 @ 2:01 pm


    I haven’t seen this flower, nor heard the name. But I could see why it’s called Leopard flower. I don’t know if I will have time to visit HortPark when I visit Singapore in a few days, I’ve never been to any park there although I know it’s called the City Garden(?) :-)

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  30. by Ms. Latina, on June 18 2009 @ 4:08 pm


    What a beautiful flower and the name is very appropriate! Thank you so much for explaining a bit more about it. Wonderful photo- the clarity and definition of the flower are amazing!

    Happy late WW!

  31. by Symphony of Love, on June 18 2009 @ 5:04 pm


    @ Janice, AJacobsen, it caught my attention immediately after I parked the car and I just snapped away. I will take some shots of the bees pollinating the flower next time. :)

    @ Marlene, hope you have time to visit the HortPark. The Singapore Botanical Garden will be great too if you like taking photos of nature and flowers etc. :)

    @ Ms. Latina, yes, very appropriate name. Although it is supposed to be wordless, a lot of times, I find that a little explanation might help the viewers understood the photo better and I got to share a little information with the viewers too. :)

  32. by lina, on June 18 2009 @ 6:29 pm


    pretty and functional. what a striking flower. Imagine looking at the flowers blanketing hillsides, that should be an awesome sight! :)

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  33. by Symphony of Love, on June 19 2009 @ 1:03 am


    @ lina, that will surely be a beautiful sight. :)

  34. by liferamblings, on June 19 2009 @ 3:09 pm


    what a lovely flower. i would love to have such flowers in my garden.

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  35. by Not John Chow, on June 19 2009 @ 5:55 pm


    That is a fantastic flower. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. by Symphony of Love, on June 19 2009 @ 6:50 pm


    @ liferamblings, it will be nice to have such flowers in your garden and perhaps you need to entertain the bees that come with it too. :)

    @ Not John Chow, you are most welcome. :)

  37. by JamericanSpice, on June 19 2009 @ 6:53 pm


    I’ve not seen one like this before. It is beautiful.

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  38. by Symphony of Love, on June 19 2009 @ 7:07 pm


    @ JamericanSpice, glad that you like it. :)

  39. by iWalk, on June 19 2009 @ 9:17 pm


    I never notice such beautiful flowers are original come from China! I should learn the way you study,BK! Thanks!

  40. by Symphony of Love, on June 19 2009 @ 10:02 pm


    @ iWalk, I only know from the signboard that the origin is China but it did not specify which part of China. Probably they can add such information in too. HortPark, can you hear me? :)

  41. by sterndal, on June 20 2009 @ 9:02 pm


    wow! that’s a pretty flower!

    i’ve never seen anything like that before

    would love to grow that in our mini-garden


  42. by Symphony of Love, on June 20 2009 @ 9:37 pm


    @ Sterndal, it is pretty indeed. If you are in the Philippines, this flower may be suitable to be grown in the Philippines too. However, I am not sure where you may be able to buy it in the Philippines.

  43. by Tina T, on June 21 2009 @ 5:03 pm


    What a gorgeous flower. Here in San Francisco there are many flower gardens with flowers from China and the Philippines, but I don’t think I’ve seen this one before.

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  44. by Jeff, on June 21 2009 @ 6:44 pm


    I love lilies for the beautiful fragrance they give off and these look like they would be very special indeed.


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  45. by Symphony of Love, on June 21 2009 @ 9:24 pm


    @ Tina, when I was looking for information about this Leopard Flower, I saw it in Wikipedia and there is a picture showing Leopard Flower growing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. So I think it should be available in US too. I am not sure about San Francisco though.

    @ Jeff, actually I am not sure if Lily and this Leopard flower belong to the same family. For this Leopard Flower, I did not remember smelling anything. Perhaps I was too busy snapping away. :)

  46. by Cascia @ Healthy Moms, on June 23 2009 @ 10:06 am


    Wow! What a beautiful flower. I love it!
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  47. by Symphony of Love, on June 23 2009 @ 4:58 pm


    @ Cascia, glad that you like it. :)

  48. by Chris, on June 25 2009 @ 6:10 am


    How very beautiful!

  49. by Symphony of Love, on June 25 2009 @ 6:22 am


    @ Chris, thank you.

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