Friday Flower – Desert Rose

desert-rose

This stunning pink flower is called the dessert rose. Not only is it an impressive flower, but the plant itself is also very unique looking and an attractive plant to have in the garden or as a bonsai. It is native to Africa and The Middle East and is a close relative of the Frangipani and Oleander. The flowers come in various shades of pinks and reds. African hunters use the sap found in the trunk and roots to coat arrows as it contains cardiac glycosides which interfere with the contraction of heart muscle and is extremely toxic. These huge specimens that I photographed are found in the desert section of a stunning gardens in Singapore called Gardens By The Bay. Happy weekend everyone!!!

dessert-rose-plant

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10 thoughts on “Friday Flower – Desert Rose

    1. Thanks Margaret. It certainly is an impressive plant. They make such weird and wonderful shapes and tortured trunks and roots. Every plant looks so unique. Then to top that off with a gorgeous flower, definitely makes it special.

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    1. Hi Karen, thank you so much for visiting. I’m glad I have inspired you. Your blog “Nature Inspired Mom” is everything I hope to be to my children too. I very much look forward to exploring your blog as I think we have the same appreciation for science, nature and the wonder of biology.

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      1. Thank you Laura for your kind words. Yes, it’s that same appreciation for nature that’s awesome and inspiring… that we can share with children and everyone around us…and you capture it so well with your photos!

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