Saturday, July 11, 2009

Flower Of The Week #4 - Gumamela

Being here in USA is a privilege to see all the beautiful flowers that are not available in my country, Philippines. I love flowers very much. My mother does, too. I want to make a photo collection of them starting this day. I will be posting the "Flower of the Week every Friday. These flowers will either be from our garden or from somewhere that I will have PERSONAL ENCOUNTER to... and definitely, they will be from my camera, too.
This photo was taken in Florida while we were there for vacation. This is what we called Gumamela flower in the Philippines. I was so amazed to find that one of my favorite flower was there in Florida, along with the other tropical flowers that can be find in the Philippines. When I was a little kid, my friend and I used to sip the nectar out of it. I guess the bee was mad at us. :
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The Hibiscus or as what known as rosemallow or jamaica. In the Philippines, we call this "Gumamela". The large genus of about 200–220 species of flowering plants in the family Malvaceae native to warm, temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world.

8 comments:

Nance said...

Hi Grace,
I have a friend who said they eat the gumamela buds? I didn't know they are edible. I didn't know they have "syrup" inside. ;)

Deare Diary said...

Flower of the week is a great idea. I love flowers but I can not grow flowers like most people do. I just enjoy theirs. We used to suck the nectar from the Honeysuckles but I have never heard of doing it to any other flowers.
Judy

With Loving Stitches said...

Very pretty indeed! I love the watermelon color of it.

rummuser said...

It is called Rajnigandha in Hindi and Chemparathai in Tamil. It is considered a very auspicious flower and used in our poojas (worshiping offering flowers to deities)

rummuser said...

Sorry Grace, I made a mistake. In Hindi, it is called jabakusum.

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

wow nice photo of gumamela flower sis! ^_^ happy weekend.

Yaya said...

Beautiful pic!

Denise said...

Very lovely,.