Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mexican Sunflower or Tithonia

Mexican Sunflower, or Tithonia flower (Tithonia rotundiflora) is one of the most beautiful red flowers I have ever seen.  Its central portion is rich with yellow color.



Its stem is long (1 - 2 meters) and the flowers stand upright. That inspired me to take the picture from beneath  the scarlet colored flower  with blue sky and clouds as the background.


The flower is rich with nectar, which makes it a favorite for butterflies and bees. 

A butterfly feeding on it...



















A tiny spider sitting on the flower...


Flower at night...


The plant grows very easily even if no attention is given. Tithonia is a native of Mexico or Central Americas and is now spread to many parts, and Tithonia rotundiflora is common here in Kerala. Leaves are big and is comparatively broad towards the base and pointed at the tip. The stem has small white hair - like projections also.

Hope you liked this beautiful flower :)

23 comments:

  1. Its is so beautiful... Its my first time when I am watching this sort of Sun Flower...

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  2. These pictures are simply amazing.... i'm floored!

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  3. Fabulous images! I especially love that second one.

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  4. really gorgeous! i love the 2nd shot! :)

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  5. Fantastic photography of a Mexican flower.

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  6. That is simply beautiful! And that photo taken from underneath - spectacular!

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  7. wow! brilliant captures! never sen it before!

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  8. Meksykański słonecznik jest śliczny i nie dziwię się, że Ci się tak podoba. Motyl na nim jest również piękny. Zrobiłeś wspaniałe zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
    The Mexican sunflower is beautiful and I am not surprised that you feel like it. Butterfly on it is also beautiful. You did great pictures. Yours.

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  9. Wow, what a beautiful flower!

    Best wishes from Germany and have a nice day
    CL

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  10. Extremely gorgeous! i like all pic.

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  11. fabulously floral wonder.

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  12. Delightful post! The photo's are vibrant and the amount of information provided is nicely balanced.

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  14. fabulous !!!! such vibrant colours and what a lovely shot !

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  15. It's a lovely flower! Thanks for sharing the info.

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  16. Lovely captures. I liked the butterfly shot the most.

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  17. stunning ! is ths a sun flower looks lyk a variety of zeenias

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    1. Yes it looks like Zeenias but its common name is Mexican Sunflower. Thank you :)

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  18. Abhinav, you amaze me every time you put up a post. Great shots! And we always learn something new from the info you share over here.

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