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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

hope the description below is correct.

if anyone knows what kind of flower it is, please tell me :)

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, known colloquially as the Chinese hibiscus, China rose and shoe flower (Ind: Kembang Sepatu), is an evergreen flowering shrub native to East Asia.

It is widely grown as an ornamental plant throughout the tropics and subtropics. The flowers are large, generally red in the original varieties, and firm, but generally lack any scent. Numerous varieties, cultivars, and hybrids are available, with flower colors ranging from white through yellow and orange to scarlet and shades of pink, with both single and double sets of petals.

Despite their size and red hues attractive to nectar-feeding birds, they are not visited regularly by hummingbirds when grown in the Neotropics. Generalists, like the Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Amazilia lactea, or long-billed species, like the Stripe-breasted Starthroat, Heliomaster squamosus, are occasionally seen to visit it, however. In the subtropical and temperate Americas, hummingbirds are attracted to them on a regular basis. More at Wikipedia...
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