Flowers. . .Flowers. . .

Here are some of the flowers, that I have seen and photographed, from my household and nearby areas.

1. Rosy periwinkle:
Rosy Periwinkle or Ushamalari  (Catharanthus roseum)

Rosy Periwinkle or Ushamalari  (Catharanthus roseum)

Rosy Periwinkle or Ushamalari  (Catharanthus roseum)

Rose flower with five petals. Its botanical name is Catharanthus roseum.  In Malayalam, it is known as ‘ushamalari’, ‘nithyakalyani’  etc.

2. Dwarf white orchid:

Dwarf White Orchid or Mandaram
Dwarf White Orchid or Mandaram

White flower with five petals. Its leaves have two tips. The leaves remain folded during night and open during day time. Botanical name is Bahinia acuminate.  It is known as ‘mandaram’  in Malayalam.

3. White ginger lily:

     White Ginger Lily or Kalyanasaugandhikam

White flower known for its extra-ordinary fragrance. The plant have long leaves. Botanical name is Hedychium coronarium. It is known as ‘kalyana saugandhikam’  in Malayalam.

4. Spurred butterfly pea:
Spurred Butterfly Pea or Kattupayar
Light violet flower. Its botanical name is Centrosema pubescens. Known as ‘kattupayar’ in Malayalam.

5. ‘Touch–me–not’ plant:
                
Touch me not or mimosa pudica or thottavadi
Touch me not or mimosa pudica or thottavadi

An important and interesting feature of this plant is that its leaves get folded if anything touches it. That it why it got the name ‘touch-me-not’. Its light rose colouredflower has spikes arising from all around. Its botanical name is Mimosa pudica. Known as ‘thottavati’ in Malayalam.

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