I spotted these gorgeous flowers in the Himalayan Hills of Mussoorie.

They bear a close resemblance to  the Sacred Flowers of the Incas , Cantua buxifolia ( Scientific Name) and are native to Bolivia in South America.

There are many tales behind these flowers of two brothers who fought in battle and came about to to be transformed into two Snow  Covered Peaks.

buds and flowers
Enchanting Red Tubes

The Tales of the Incas behind the Sacred flowers is Enchanting  as it tells a story of forgiveness and the futility of War.

The tale is told using the symbols of Nature, Mountains, Rivers and Flowers.

The tubular flowers look tailor made for hummingbirds, which unfortunately do not exist in India.

incas flowers

A bushel of Red Glory

The Sacred Flowers of the Incas are also the national flower of Bolivia.

As I gaze at this starburst in  wonder and think about their true Origins, I had already been drawn into another Enchanting spell of Nature.

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Red Starburst

Am sure readers from the Americas will be able to identify these flowers with greater accuracy than I ,  as am Wonderstruck by the tale of the Incas and THE SACRED FLOWERS.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.


  1. re this comment: “The tubular flowers look tailor made for hummingbirds, which unfortunately do not exist in India.” — I read somewhere that at some point in his travels, when Darwin came across unusually shaped flowers he realized there had to be some insect or bird in the local eco-system which was adapted to pollinate exactly that flower. It is a good question to ask oneself when looking at any non-domesticated flower, such as in a botanical garden or when travelling in a new part of the world,. as it helps us understand the inter-connectedness of life.

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    1. Excellent comment and extremely thoughtful of you to share Darwins thought. Hummingbirds are replaced by Sun Birds and Butterflies in India. Do see an earlier post where you can see The Purple Sunbird drinking the Milk ( nectar actually) of the Milkweed. I have mentioned the aspect you speak of though not in your lovely and elaborate manner.


  2. First, thank you for your many positive comments regarding my posts!

    And I think this one as well:

    I’ve been to several South American and Central American countries. Each one fascinating for their culture, people, food, music – and history. Before my first visit to Peru I read a great deal about the “ancient” Incan civilization. They were quite amazing, and if they’d never been destroyed by the Conquistador invaders in their quest for gold, they may have been as large, significant and advanced as any current major culture of today.

    In their day they were so large, so powerful, that they would bring their armies up to a distant tribe or village and just simply show their massive number of soldiers filling the surroundings mountains. An Incan emissary would walk down into the village, meet with the local tribal “chief”, and say, “Give up?” And, they would. The Incas would then divide the tribe into groups of about 50 each, and disperse them across the Inca empire, incorporating them into the greater community so that the smaller tribe could never reform, but become forever “Incan”. One that spanned across most of South America.

    All was well, until a mere 86 “Espanoles” landed on their shores with advanced weaponry. They never stood a chance.

    I wish you much continued wonder at our world, and all the best in your personal life.

    Hans Carl Clausen : Mr Model

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