On flowers, cameras, travels, friends and other marvels of nature

Friday, January 20, 2012

Crocosmia x crocosmiflora (montbretia)

Camariñas, Gallicia, Spain, August 16, 2009

This is a man-made hybrid of Crocosmia aurea and Crocosmia patsii dating back to 1880, and since then naturalized to various parts of Europe. Both parent Crocosmiae were called Tritoniae in an earlier nomenclature.

Lampranthus spectabilis

Lemon Cove, CA, USA, April 6, 2010

Lampranthus is a genus originating in South Africa, but it seems naturalised to southern California too. George was driving and he nearly got a heart attack when I started to yell that we have to stop. I had spoted this magnificent Lampranthus carpet and, despite the fright I caused to him, he lent me his camera, since mine was lost somewhere in my lagage.