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Flower show highlights

Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore is currently hosting one of its biannual flower shows. 
Here's a photo tour of some of the interesting finds...

Venus flytrap is a fine example of adaptation in plants that grow in nutrient-poor soil. These carnivorous plants trap insects and supplement their nutrition with animal protein....



It catches its prey—chiefly insects and arachnids—with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves, which is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces. When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap closes if a different hair is contacted within twenty seconds of the first strike...




The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a safeguard against wasting energy by trapping objects with no nutritional value...


Another carnivorous plant on display was the Pitcher plant. They have chlorophyll in their leaves but they grow in nitrogen deficient soil. So they evolved the power to catch and consume insects to provide them with the nutrients. The funnel-shaped pitchers are topped with an extension, called a hood, that arches over the opening and helps keep rain out. The plants produce nectar near the opening of the tube that attracts insects and may even contain a chemical that drugs them so that they are more likely to fall into the pitcher. The insect cannot get out of the cup because the walls are smooth and slippery and the walls have hairs pointing down. After the insect is dead, its body rots. Rotting releases the nitrogen from the insect's body. The nitrogen then goes into the liquid and the plant takes in the nitrogen from the liquid...



Clown faced Pansy...



Leafy canopy...


Beautiful Bromeliads...


Linaria...



Crown of thorns or Christ plant...



And the amazing camouflage by the Common Jezebel butterfly...



The Pink Moon Cactus completely lack chlorophyll, exposing the pink pigmentation. Since chlorophyll is necessary for photosynthesis, these mutations are grafted onto another cactus with normal chlorophyll...



Geranium...







Nasturtiums have been used in herbal medicine for their antiseptic and expectorant qualities. They are said to be good for chest colds and to promote the formation of new blood cells.

The flower has most often been consumed, making for an especially ornamental salad ingredient; it has a slightly peppery taste reminiscent of watercress, and is also used in stir fry...




Sweet William...


Mealy Blue Sage...





European white water-lily...



White orchid...



38 comments:

  1. Great job, Shiju, absolutely stunning! That Venus Flytrap is a badass.

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  2. Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing at the Blogger's Pit Stop.

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  3. I love the carnivorous plants - so kooky!

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  4. What a great place for gardeners and photographers alike. Your photos are colorful and with such varied petals. Love them all!

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  5. Beautiful photos. I love the nasturtiums in salads.

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  6. What a collection of flowers! and thank you for writing the names with them too, I always enjoy learning more about identifying different flowers, it's something that i've become quite interested in lately.

    ~ K

    www.lifeasunusuals.com

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  7. Wonderful blooming plants. Fantastic captures ūü§ó

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  8. What beautiful photos! The Venus Flytrap has always fascinated me!

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  9. Beautiful photos, a great assortment of plants, flowers, and butterfly

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  10. Beautiful flora and fauna. The butterfly looks painting pretty.

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  12. That beauiful pansy caught my eye. Lovely photos!

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  13. I always adore photos of flower and plants and these are all so pretty! #photofriday

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  14. Your reflection photo is so beautiful!

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  15. I used to have a Venus Flytrap and it lived for years and then all of a sudden it just seemed to give up and die. I was very sad about it

    Mollyxxx

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  16. Marvelous photos of these flowers. The predatory plants are so very interesting. Thank you for sharing with Today's Flowers. Very much appreciated.

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  17. Hello, beautiful variety of flowers. Love the butterfly and all the photos. Great post. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  18. Wow, they are all so gorgeous! I love the colours! Clio lending a helping hand for Coombe Mill

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  19. Lovely shots. I have always loved the Venus Flytrap

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  20. You got some prize winning photos of these lovely plants. I had a Crown of Thorns plant once and it grew to a great size...and very beautiful with it's tiny red flowers.

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  21. The "common Jezebel" butterfly is uncommonly beautiful!!! So are all these photos, for that matter.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/08/sweetheart-in-sepia.html

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  22. I love the butterfly! I wonder if the pitcher plant would grow in my garden?

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  23. A lovely collection of flower photos. I'm surprised that I have seen so many of them. I love the carnivorous plants.

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  24. Such beautiful specimens of flowers, thank you for sharing.

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  25. Amazing photos! Thanks for linking up for Wordless Wednesday. Have a terrific week!

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  26. Those are all amazing shots! What a cool place to visit! :)

    WW: Technological Anomaly in the Wild

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  27. you certainly have interesting flowers to enjoy at the show :)

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  28. Interesting post. The photos are terrific!

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  29. The venus fly trap is so cool!! Thanks for linking up!

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  30. Thanks for joining us at the Floral Friday Fotos meme, I look forward to your next contribution.

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  31. Thanks for sharing the beautiful flowers with SYC.

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  32. How nice to see so many beautiful flowers in one location! The pictures are just fabulous. Makes me home sick for the San Francisco Botanical Garden where I get so many wonderful flower photos.

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  33. How nice to see so many beautiful flowers in one location! The pictures are just fabulous. Makes me home sick for the San Francisco Botanical Garden where I get so many wonderful flower photos.

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