Friday, July 10, 2009

Color Carnival: Gonolobus

No, it isn't an STD. It's a type of Milkweed flower that inhabits Mexico. I love the intricate, magenta center. Originally called Gonolobus cyclophyllus, it is now known as Matelea cyclophyllus. Like many asclepiads it is pollinated by flies and has the fragrance of carrion. I must need two of them, as this one has never developed a seed pod. Do you have one I could borrow?

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9 comments:

Nola @ the Alamo said...

That is spectacular! I've never seen or heard of it before. Although I know it's not and dry in south Texas and Mexico, plants like those make up for the hot climate!

Martha said...

Wow - how gorgeous! I'd love to have one too! Still cracking up abut STD, LOL! Thanks for playing along at the Color Carnival :-)

Vicki ~ FL said...

I've never seen nor heard of this flower before but it's very pretty.

Ebie said...

See what blogging can do. I have added a new name to my collection of flowers! Very lovely! Sorry, pollination unavailable, I do not own one. Hehehe, I agree with Martha about the STD! Have a great week!

Rebecca said...

So interesting - haven't seen that plant before but I was happy to 'meet' someone else who knows about the rainbow colored carrots! I heard there are colored potatoes too?!

Rita said...

Never heard of this flower before but, it is lovely.

If you find that second one put me on the list to receive one of the seed pods. I would love to try growing one.

Pacey said...

Ah, that's the first time I've seen the flower. If that was STD -- then it's of great color, LOL.

srp said...

I have seen some similar... that butterflies love. But, I didn't know they smell like dead flesh... thank goodness my sense of smell is so bad.

storyteller said...

What a marvelous and unusual plant. I've never seen anything like it! Thanks for sharing ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

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