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inflorescenic:

Dahlia. This is the last dahlia flower left in the garden this year (28 Nov).

inflorescenic:

Dahlia. This is the last dahlia flower left in the garden this year (28 Nov).

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saveyoursucculents:

tastybeansprout

This is the second one. I’ve tried researching what it could be, but I haven’t been able to find it. It looks really really similar to Crassula schmidtii, but the flowers are white and it seems smaller than the pictures I’ve seen of schmidtii, with thinner and more delicate branching on the flower stems.

You were on the right track with the crassula family, but I think it’s a Crassula Exilis (and a beautiful one at that! look at those flowers!)

saveyoursucculents:

tastybeansprout

This is the second one. I’ve tried researching what it could be, but I haven’t been able to find it. It looks really really similar to Crassula schmidtii, but the flowers are white and it seems smaller than the pictures I’ve seen of schmidtii, with thinner and more delicate branching on the flower stems.

You were on the right track with the crassula family, but I think it’s a Crassula Exilis (and a beautiful one at that! look at those flowers!)

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— 7 hours ago with 45 notes
#crassula  #crassula exilis  #succulent  #flower 

libutron:

Torch Ginger - Etlingera elatior

The Torch Ginger is a terrestrial and perennial herb belonging to the species Etlingera elatior (Zingiberales - Zingiberaceae), native to Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. It is also widely cultivated and naturalized in South East Asia.

Inflorescences of the Torch Ginger are truly stunning. The large, torch-like, up to 1.5 m tall flower stalks emerge from fleshy underground rhizomes. The inflorescences have waxy, red to pink, white-edged bracts and are pinecone-shaped with a skirt of larger bracts. The individual flowers emerge from between the colorful bracts and have a dark red labellum (lip petal) with a bright yellow margin. The flowers are followed by green to reddish fruit.

Beside its beauty this plant is edible. The showy pink inflorescences are widely used as cooking herb (in the curries), and eaten raw for its medicinal properties to treat earache; while the leaves are also used for cleaning wounds. 

A research on the pharmacological potential of the Torch Ginger flowers shown that the methanol extract possesses broad spectrum antibacterial and antifungal activity (in vitro). 

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: [Top: ©Joana Garrido | Locality: Singapore, 2007] - [Bottom: ©Alex Stehouwer | Locality:  San Pablo City, Calabarzon, Philippines, 2013]

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— 2 days ago with 203 notes
#Torch Ginger  #Etlingera elatior  #Etlingera  #flower