22 responses to “Philesia magellanica”

  1. Quin Ellis

    Love the culinary appraisal, and look forward to tasting this beauty!!!
    As always, thanks Daniel!
    All be safe!!!!

  2. Eric Simpson

    Lovely flower, *wild* bokeh!

  3. SHEILA Silver surfer.

    Many thanks…delightful image… .Love this creeping plant.
    Many years ago we saw this growing in National Trust Scotland, Inverewe gardens in North West Scotland…..same latitude as Moscow, ..but mild with the Gulf stream. The head gardener very generously to give us rooted cutting when we asked.
    In our South Wales woodland garden it did well.
    Now we have moved to Scotland and last year bought one at a local nursery.
    Not sure how hardy it is we planted it outside…and covered it with a protective double glazed window…it has come through the winter safely ….fingers crossed for the flowers.

    Daniel we do hope you can bring more cheer and interest into our lives with BPof D pics/write up.
    We are on Lock down, and world wide life is scary with this Coronavirus.
    Stay safe.

  4. Ruth Richman

    A lovely shift from Covid. Thank you.

  5. Marilyn

    Thanks for a beautiful picture. Your trip was not totally unproductive if you have pictures like this. Is there a difference in size between the flowers of the two. I thought coicopihue flowers were smaller but I’ve only seen pictures of it. I’m now keen to find seeds.

  6. Bonnie

    Nothing I can add to previous comments. This would make a pretty desktop image.

  7. Patricia A French

    Thanks for the post, Daniel. Hope you and others at UBC BG are doing OK.

  8. Sandy Feather

    Thanks for sharing such beauty in these uncertain times!

  9. Wendy Burke

    Wendy Burke

    What a beautiful colour of a plant and so delicate looking. I was wondering if I could grow this
    plant in my garden,We as I live in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada and where I live we
    have a quite dry, rocky soil? I would appreciate your advise. Thank you Wendy Burke

  10. Mike Timberlake

    Curious to know what polinates it. Humming bird or insect ?
    The colour compares with of some magnolias in flower at the moment.
    Most gardens are closed here. Your picture lifts our spirits.
    Keep well Daniel.

  11. Piotr Krasinski

    Thank you Daniel for the post. When I looked up the plant I found myself reading on about Commerson, Baret and Bougainville.
    Philesia magellanica was first discovered in the Magellan region of southern Chile by Philibert Commerson with his valet Jeanne Baret on Admiral Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s circumnavigation of the globe. You will have noticed that his valet was a female of the species. In fact women were not allowed on ships in those days as it was thought they brought bad luck, and certainly not allowed on this voyage. Baret masqueraded as a man, bandaged her breasts in order to flatten them, and modulated her voice. She had various functions in the service of Commerson – valet, nurse, carrying botanising equipment, collecting plants, cataloguing and writing them up. She shared an officer’s cabin with her master and was also his mistress! The generic name stems from the Greek verb meaning loved one, perhaps for the beauty of the flowers but perhaps more likely for his ‘manservant’! Baret is credited with discovering Bougainvillea later in the journey which was named for the leader of their expedition. It is worth reading on about this great lady, who was the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

    1. Patrick Collins

      Commerson and Baret were also friends with the possible original of Peter Piper who picked a peck of pickled pepper. They also visited Madagascar and collected the second herbarium samples known for Stephanotis, among many others.

      If you click on my name you can find the part of my recent Stephanotis article which is about their adventures.

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  13. Judy Sinclair

    Such a wonderful shade of pink!!

    Indeed, we need to be reminded of the beauty around us in nature, as we deal with the Coronavirus.
    Thank you for posting it Daniel and thanks to Piotr Krasinski for the intriguing tale of Jeanne Baret.

    Wishing everyone good health, stay safe. 🙂

  14. Danae Yurgel

    Beautiful color! on a cold, snowy, bad news day – brightens up the day wonderfully 🙂
    THANK YOU for posting!
    Wishing everyone the best of health –

  15. Gabrielle

    Thank you for the beautiful picture. So glad to have BPoTD to brighten our days.
    This is a book I read about Jeanne Baret. A fascinating and somewhat sad story of a remarkable woman.


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