This single extraordinary flower stands out from a sea of green at the amazing HOTEL FATEGARH in Udaipur.( Rajasthan, India).
At first glance it is difficult to identify what belongs to which plant. It is a maze of leaves, branches, buds and flowers.
It is indeed a lot of fun ( and sometimes frustrating ) to identify a flower or a plant. Try it.
My recent education makes me hone it down to the Malvaceae family ( A diverse family including the flower Hibiscus, the cash crop Cotton, vegetable Okra and the fruit Durian) .
Recent education was in a vegetable market in New Delhi, where I saw the conical tell tale buds of Roselle ( Hibiscus Sabdariffa ) for the first time. ( a rushed picture from my mobile)
Thus the Genus Hibiscus is clearly established from the buds , now onto the tougher part of identifying the species.
I have a recent picture of the Lady Finger ( Okra) plant which shows the similarity of the two family members in the typical cone-shaped buds, the whorl below the buds and the leaves.
This picture was taken at THE CORN VILLAGE near Mussoorie in the Himalayas.
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Can you imagine the vegetable Okra ( Abelmoschus esculentus) and the flower above belong to the same family?
When I checked out from the initial look and colour of the flower ( yellow with black centre) I came up with no less than seven options from the Genus Hibiscus.
Hibiscus calyphyllus, Hibiscus caesius ( five-fingered mallow) ,Hibiscus hispidissimus,
Hibiscus lampas ( Jangli Bhindi) ,Hibiscus manihot ( Jangli Bhindi).Hibiscus vitifolius, Hibiscus abelmoschu.
Do remember all I have are photographs taken from a digital camera close to two decades ago.
The habitat where one locates flora ( or fauna) is an extremely useful tool in identifying the species.
After a pain staking comparison of the buds ( they have no hair in the picture), the typical whorl below the buds and the leaves resembling the head of a coconut tree ,I think the flower is christened Hibiscus Caesius Garcke.
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As i leave you to ponder and decipher the correct identify of Susan, I move onto identify the white flowers seen along with these eye catchers.