July 18, 2010

Red Beauty

A new addition to my little garden, I'm not sure of its real name nor its scientific name but the seller at the nursery told me that this is called "Cigarette Cupia" The coloration and texture at the tip of the flower looks like a lighted cigarette with ash. This is a tiny little flower which is about 1 inch in length and the plant grows about a feet tall from the ground.


Edited: I had the wrong spelling for the Cuphea, thanks to Rosie for pointing me in the right direction, after her comment i was able to find some information about this plant, here we go....


Cuphea Ignea (Ignea means fire in Latin), popularly know as cigarette plant, cigar flower, firecracker flower and sometimes mexian cigar flower.


Family: Lythraceae (Loosestife)
Origin: Native to islands of West Indies and Mexico
Light: Sun-part shade
Height: 1-3'
Spread: 2-3'
Blooms: Small, red, 1" long, cigar-shaped; thin pistil apears as the pencil-thin-sized flower matures, blooms year round





84 comments:

  1. Very unusual flower. It almost looks like a red chile pepper...beautiful captured.

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  2. Neat shots Sammy I like the composition of the first but both are great.

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  3. I've never seen anything like it. Beautiful photos!

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  4. Anthony: What super macro work my friend.

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  5. Love this bloom, it is so unique and flawlessly beautiful!

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  6. Interesting...it DOES resemble a cigarette.

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  7. Fabulous details and depth of field.

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  8. I feel like it's going to come get me. It reminds me of the flower from little shop of horrors. Having said that... I love the photo!

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  9. Absolutely fascinating, I have never seen this flower before and thank you for introducing it to me. Your photos are wonderful!
    An English Girl Rambles

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  10. @ awarewriter, Tom and Tammy

    Thank you very much

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  11. Thanks Rebecca, ya it does look like a lighted cigarette, if viewed from the texture and color's at the tip of these flower looks like as if its on fire and ash at the tip of it

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  12. @ Kala, Denise, Michael
    Thank you

    @ Colleen

    shop of horror's, that sounds interesting :)
    Thank you for your comment

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  13. Such a tiny speck of beauty! Would look lovely I am sure.

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  14. I don't know what it is, but it reminds me of penstemmon flowers! And yes, I can see where the name 'cigarette cupia' comes from!

    Great shots!

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  15. That is amazing...I've never seen one, but now I'd like to have one in my yard also.

    Here's an invitation to visit CRYSTAL for Macro Monday. Hope to see you stop by sometime.

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  16. @ mrsnesbitt
    Thank you, yes it does look gorgeous

    @ Jay Regina and Hootin Anni
    Thank you for your comments

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  17. Love the deep red. Great shots!

    LOLA:)

    PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can join me!

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  18. Unusual flower and beautifully shot!

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  19. @ Nora and EG Wow

    Thank you

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  20. Very attractive. My first thought was a trumpet vine with the petals missing

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  21. I love unusual flowers. Thank you for sharing.

    Happy RT

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  22. Cuphea plants are so rich in nectar - you'll have loads of little hooverflies soon congregrating around each of those lovely blooms.

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  23. True beauty indeed. Great shots.

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  24. What a beautiful, red flower! Different from anything I've seen before! Terrific capture as always, Sam! Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  25. What a beautiful, red flower! Different from anything I've seen before! Terrific capture as always, Sam! Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  26. I don't know what this flower either, Sammy! Can you tell us what it is? Thanks for joining Ruby Tuesday! :)

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  27. Thanks for the information Rosie, It helped a lot to find more information about the plant

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  28. Thanks Sylvia, you make my day

    @ J Bar
    Thanks

    @ Maryt
    I updated the information about the flower a few minutes back, i've left a link on your blog

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  29. Great photos...Beautiful flower. I love your pop-up greeting....very cool.

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  30. what a lovely flower. thanks for the information.

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  31. so pretty!
    you truly inspire me!!!

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  32. SPEECHLESS, how'd you do this? you're amazing...I Love Photography...

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  33. Isn't Mother Nature inventive? So much to photograph, so little time.

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  34. Thanks Stan

    @ carol, chubskulit and ewok 1993
    Thank you

    @ Bhupesh
    Thanks buddy :)

    @ Gee
    Thank you

    @ Meri

    I Agree, so much to photograph and so little time :(

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  35. Thanks Marcie, off to check your blog :)

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  36. I'm following your blog now & I'll be back often to see your beautiful images! Great blog!

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  37. gorgeous photos, love the detail!

    Happy WW!

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  38. Hi Sam, great details in your pictures!

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  39. This is a real beauty—unique. Enjoy your day!

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  40. Thanks Tricia, you made my day :)

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  41. @ amandab and Sciarada

    Thanks

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  42. Beautiful and lovely photos!

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  43. ahhh you're most welcome - please don't think I was picking you up on your spelling as some plants are called different names in different countries and thats just how we spell it in the UK - glad that spelling was able to lead you to further information on the plant. It is lovely when in macro. :) Rosie

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  44. What a beautiful and unique flower. Lovely macro:) /Maria

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  45. Unusual and beautiful flower! Great macroshots!

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  46. @ Rosie, Maria, Birgitta and Ma.Links

    Thank you for your comments

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  47. Interesting looking little plant. I can see how it came by its name.

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  48. My first time so see cigarette flower, very unique and beautiful. Happy weekend!

    Macro Flowers

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  49. Very great depth of field. I love the pictures!

    Mine's HERE.

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  50. @ Gardening in a Sandbox
    Thanks for stopping by

    @ Manang Kim
    Thanks

    @ Jenn
    Thanks for your comment, off to check your post :)

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  51. I have never seen that flower before! It is gorgeous, and I love your shots of it!!

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  52. hey dude.. guess u know me now.. hey there is this website called masthmysore.com... its a website dedicated to Mysore by Mysoreans.. would u mind contributing to that site? a couple of photographs once in a while would do good.. do let us know.

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  53. and i wrote an article and we need a picture of birds eye view of mysore from chamundi hill for that article. if u can contribute, please let us know. it will be published with all credits

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  54. as kids, we called this flower pepsi-pepsi..its nectar is sweet.:p

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  55. Great pictures!!
    The plants grow in pots on top of our deck. Loved by insects and Hummingbirds!!
    Great shot.
    - Cheers from Canada!!

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  56. hey Chandana, thanks for the lead about the website, I checked it out and liked it, would love to contribute few photo's there... I've emailed you te photo's that you needed, hope that helps

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  57. @ Luna Miranda
    that's interesting, gotta try it :)

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  58. @ guild-rez
    Thanks, mine grows in a pot too... it sure is attracting lot of insects... I would love to see a Humming bird in action but i doubt if there are any in the place i live

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  59. wow, it DOES look like a cigarette! It's as though...oh, never mind.

    Colorful, too.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  60. Love the detail in the macro. Great to see flowers from other parts of the world.

    Joy, ABC Wednesday Team

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  61. wow.. nice :) beautiful foto..

    looks like a red chilli :D

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