14 responses to “Napoleonaea vogelii”

  1. Janeal THompson

    What a stunning photograph. Brightened my day.

    Janeal Thompson
    Lamar, CO

  2. Jack Maze

    When I saw the photo my first thought was Passiflora or something like that. Well I’ve been wrong before. It’s exceptional, and will remain so even if its microsatellites are never described nor its DNA sequenced.

  3. Michael

    So. Does the Eastern redbud exhibit cauliflory?

    1. Wendy Cutler

      Yes it does. I’ve collected a flickr gallery with a selection of (other people’s) photos of cauliflorous trees and redbud is one of the trees I included. You can see it at https://www.flickr.com/photos/wlcutler/galleries/72157629366481089/?rb=1

      1. Susan Gustavson

        Thanks for posting that link. Amazing examples!

  4. Sue Frisch

    Like a cross between a barnacle and a sea anemone! Fascinating… and a nice photo.

  5. Lucy

    It’s a stunning flower – and to top it off, it smells like vanilla custard! One of my favourites.

  6. joana andrade

    loved to learn about rhythmic growth pattern while enjoying this beauty. thanks>

  7. Toinette Lippe

    The first time I saw the redbud bloom, I thought it had made a grave error!

  8. Susan Gustavson

    At first I thought it was some elaborate fungi.

  9. John Orlowsky

    Wouldn’t knobcone pine and perhaps some of the other pines exhibit cauliflory also?

  10. Scott Dilatush

    If I ran across one of these without ever seeing your post, I’d assume that an alien dropped a seed out of their spacecraft.

  11. Jaime Kooser

    Thank you so much for such a terrific entry! Excellent!

  12. Bart Wursten

    I would like to correct that the images actually show Napoleonaea angolensis and not N. vogelii. It was established in the revision by Ghillean T. Prance & Carel C. H. Jongkind in Kew Bulletin (2015) that the distribution of N. vogelii is restricted to more western regions of Africa and is replaced by N. angolensis in DR Congo. When I first found the species and compared it to specimens at the Meise Herbarium in Belgium (BR) the specimens there were still all labeled as N. vogelii.

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