Drosanthemum bicolor

Nhu Nguyen, aka xerantheum@Flickr is the photographer behind today’s image (original via BPotD Flickr Group Pool).Thank you!

The common name for Drosanthemum is dew-flower, which also happens to a literal translation of the name of the genus (drosos meaning dew and anthos meaning flower). This is in reference to the glistening papillae found on branches and flowering stems — you can see this phenomenon in today’s photograph with a close look at the topmost unopened flower bud.

Although native to South Africa, one species of Drosanthemum (not D. bicolor) has naturalized in California, so the Flora of North America has an entry on the genus: Drosanthemum.

Drosanthemum bicolor

8 responses to “Drosanthemum bicolor”

  1. Earl Blackstock

    Wow!! Now that’s what I’m talking about. Thanks
    Nhu and Daniel.
    Earl Blackstock

  2. Sue in Bremerton WA

    What a lovely flower. Such exciting colors. We don’t see many like that, even though you are doing your best, Daniel. Thank you so much.

  3. Mickey

    Gorgeous photo Nhu! And Daniel is awesome too (as always =). Question please: Where can I buy or see the NA Drosanthemum bi-color version? Thank you!!

  4. phillip

    …wow…like a burst of fire….beautiful…!

  5. Karthik

    Dew-flower? This one looks more like a fire-flower. Is that a photographic effect or does the flower itself have this fire-like appearance?
    There is one more flower that reminds one of fire : Gloriosa superba.
    http://botanyphoto.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/2007/09/gloriosa_superba_1.php
    Thanks

  6. Paul Jay reed

    I feel like I have 3D glasses on when I look at that photo. Great!

  7. Nhu Nguyen

    I got mine at http://www.anniesannuals.com/ they have lots of great stuff!

  8. Nhu Nguyen

    …and it’s true color, no photographic effects at all 🙂

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