Lotuses and orchids

This post is a “filler” to publish photos of some great flowers that I saw at the Botanical Park called Banana Vani-en in Izu Peninsula, Japan, and share them with you. The Botanical Park hosted some wonderful specimens of tropical plants. I was most impressed by lotuses and orchids and had a field day clicking them. Check out the last photo of this post too – I’d like to know the name of the plant and need your assistance. I have a chart identifying most of the lotuses that I have shown here – so ask for the names if you need them. Here are the orchids first:








Now here are the lotuses:






I felt a great sense of peace and happiness in the botanical park and wished I could have spent some more time! Needless to say, I was the last visitor to pass out of the gates of the park!

Finally, here’s an extraordinary plant with a purple flower that seemed to be growing from the tip of a pink leaf. Can you identify the flower?

pink leaf with flower on tip

Have a great day!

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11 Responses to “Lotuses and orchids”

  1. November 30, 2009 at 4:12 am

    WOW! Eye candy! The colors are just unbelievable! That blue orchid especially. I have a VERY vague guess for the last one, um, it’s a type of ginger. 🙂 similar to cone (pinecone?) ginger? Thanks for sharing these great photo, so much fun to look at. I’m going to scroll back up the page for another look!

  2. December 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    You are welcome, Lzyjo. I couldn’t resist posting these photos, although the flowers are not mine. I still don’t know about the last one; let’s see if somebody comes up with the name.

  3. December 5, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Wow! what beautiful orchids and lotuses.

  4. December 9, 2009 at 7:49 am

    All the blooms are so beautiful!! The last plant plant is a Tillsandia. I bought one last year and it was doing well. But I think it got a little too much water and died. I’d love to buy another. That pink/purple is simply spectacular!

  5. December 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Wonderful! You have identified the plant. I suppose it grows only in tropical areas. Would like to get hold of it but I guess it is too cold out here in Japan. Thanks much for dropping by.

  6. December 10, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Hi Gururajr

    Thanks for the invite over here – I am drooling over those orchids………… those would be so expensive over here. Can’t grow Lotus here – too cold – love the blue one.

    I know the plant in the last photo – I grow it – Tillandsia cyanea – its quite popular UK houseplant. I just wish those violet coloured flowers would last longer.

    • December 10, 2009 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks for dropping by. Yes, orchids are quite expensive here in Japan also, but they are spectacular, aren’t they? Thanks also for identifying the pink-leaf, purple flower plant. So you grow them indoors in the UK? I’d like to get hold of it too.

  7. December 10, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Beautiful flowers! I especially like the blue orchids. I have never seen anything like that before. This is so interesting. Thanks for sharing all these with us, Gururaj!

  8. December 15, 2009 at 6:41 am

    I have never seen orchids such as you have shown here. Just gorgeous! I was thinking the last picture was a bromeliad, but then a tillandsia and bromeliad are related. Or maybe a tillandsia is a bromeliad. I know that all tillandsias are not created equal. I have some that are not nearly so spectacular as the one in your picture! LOL Great post.

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