Wordless Wednesday: Leopard Flower

Wordless Wednesday: Leopard Flower

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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49 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Leopard Flower

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ 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. :)

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ 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. :)

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ 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. :)

  1. Marlene

    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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  2. Ms. Latina

    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!

  3. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ 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.

  4. Tina T

    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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  5. Jeff

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

    Jeff

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  6. Symphony of Love Post author

    @ 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. :)

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