A glow from Madagascar

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Aloe dyeri has scarlet flowers.


The short-day plants in the Madagascar exhibit are keeping the scenery bright. Aloes are holding up spikes of red tubular flowers, while the kalanchoes are showing off yellow flowers. Two Pachypodium rutenbergianum trees are leafless and topped with white blooms, while the Uncarina roeoesliana is sheltering yellow trumpet shaped flowers beneath its texured lobed leaves.

If you stand for a while and study the bizarre shapes as well as the flowers, you may be treated to a hummingbird visitation. This is a great spot for them.