They're so lovely, I want to share them here (with all permission, of course) for a virtual tropical flower power trip.
Disclaimer: please note that I'm woefully ignorant when it comes to anything relating to gardening/botany. My folks sent me the names of several of the flowers (not necessarily the English name, sometimes just the local ones in use). For some others, I attempted some inventive googling. If I've made any catastrophic mis-namings, let me know.
To begin with, the madly-tropical flower, whose name no-one knew.
Here's the Ginger Flower.
This is the Desert Rose.
This is the Aubergine flower.
I never imagined the rather staid aubergine (eggplant) would have such a blazingly pretty flower. It's almost like an orchid.
This plant is another edible one.
I'm not sure if the flower is edible, but the leaves are used in a clear, light broth (called a 'bouillon', per the French for broth) in Mauritius. The plant itself is known locally as 'bred mouroum', and there was a popular Sega song when I was a kid about bred mouroum being a favourite food of the poor - which says something about its availability and nutrition.
Google says the English name is Moringa Oleifera, and that it's also known as the horseradish tree or drumstick tree. There are apparently many health benefits associated with the Moringa leaf. Who knows, the Moringa leaf may become the next must-have, never-heard-of superfood! If it does, you heard it first here!
Back to inedible flowers, this is a pink-striped trumpet lily.
I'm guessing this, at least, will be familiar to people - mainly because it was familiar to me (even though I had to google to find its name).
I'm guessing these are Pinwheel Jasmines.
Now... just imagine the scent of jasmines together with the songs of frogs in the balmy tropical evening air... (you're welcome :-)
I've been told these are Plumbagos and Pentas, respectively.
These ones, I don't know.
Hope you enjoyed this edition of the Great Tropical Flower Power Trip. Enjoy your flower power trips in your own parts of the world, and remember, don't let the Giant Pelican Flowers bite.