Macro Monday: the red and yellow blooms of the Abutilon Megapotamicum

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

I ran across a number of blooming shrubs and flowers this weekend, including these lovely red and yellow bell-shaped flowers. Many of these blooms were hanging on a shrub inside the botanic garden at San Diego’s Balboa Park. Of course the tree wasn’t labeled so I had no idea what it was while there. I’d love to know why so many botanical gardens label about half their plants and leave you guessing what the rest of them are.

A quick Google search revealed this shrub is called Abutilon Megapotamicum and is native to a few countries in South America. I couldn’t help but admire these interesting flowers and it didn’t take me long to realize they were quite a challenge to photograph, especially because of their unusual shape and the challenging lighting in the garden. I hope I did them justice in these few photos. Happy Monday!

Macro Monday: Abutilon Megapotamicum
Macro Monday: Abutilon Megapotamicum
Red and yellow bell-shaped flower of the Abutilon
Red and yellow bell-shaped flower of the Abutilon
Close-up of the Abutilon Megapotamicum red and yellow blooms
Close-up of the Abutilon Megapotamicum red and yellow blooms

14 thoughts on “Macro Monday: the red and yellow blooms of the Abutilon Megapotamicum

    • Isn’t that an ugly name? It looks like you can bundle them up with the “Chinese lantern” type of flowers, which is a little more lovely.

    • You’re right, they do look a lot like fuchsia blooms, at least for the shape. Oh, I wish I could find some of them to photograph my favorite color!

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