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By accipiter  
Hi. I am late today due to work commitment - what a dreadful state of affairs!
I have put on these pictures of a flower that actually grows like a weed in all the perimeters of cultivated and semi cultivated fields in Zimbabwe, sometimes so thick it is almost impossible to get through it. The plants are up to 2 metres high and are covered in scarlet blooms about 8 cms. across. I don't know what the botanical name is but locally they are usually called 'Mexican Marigold' although I have heard the term 'Japanese Sunflower' applied to them as well.
Please would someone help with a name - I am a bit embarrassed not to know this plant which is such a common annual in my home country.
V2 is just to show you the structure - not a great picture.
Hope you like it and thanks for all the CC's on yesterdays pano. A

Tags: Sunflower Zimbabwe Flowers and plants Japanese Mexican Scarlet. Marigold.

Voters: Cormy, DrT01, essexdean and 50 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


essexdean 12 1 England
30 Mar 2010 6:45PM
V1 for me, great colours
redshank 12 1 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 6:45PM
Two wonderful images.
FujiJan 14 3 England
30 Mar 2010 6:49PM
love v1, gorgeous colours...
EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
30 Mar 2010 6:50PM
Superb image. Unfortunately clueless as to what this is though.

CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
30 Mar 2010 6:54PM
A beautiful presentation, wonderful detail. Carol
Adderwatcher 12 60 19 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 7:06PM
Fantastic captures, i think V2 is my fave.
colmar 14 42 35 Scotland
30 Mar 2010 7:31PM
Whilst you say the v2 is not a great picture I like this pov on this interesting flower/plant ... nicely captured images Colin
franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 7:39PM
Both are lovely.

Roly 14 Wales
30 Mar 2010 8:13PM
I like both versions.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
30 Mar 2010 8:20PM
Gorgeous colour in both versions. 2 beautiful images.......Sandy
RichPitman 12 16 1 England
30 Mar 2010 8:25PM
Lovely warm colours and good detail. Nice work Smile

rockfish 12 1 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 8:42PM
Great images, especially V1. Well taken.
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 8:45PM
What a wonderful rich colour - these must look amazing growing in large numbers - a bit like seeing sunflowers growing in fields I would imagine
30 Mar 2010 9:03PM
two brill shots love v1 just jumps out at you spot on
polly470 12 25 8 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 9:13PM
My favorite flower shot this week by a mile - love it ....I grew up in East Africa, and remember them there as well I think.....
shandoor 13 1 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 10:08PM
Two wonderful images with superb detail and colours
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 10:31PM
could they be marigolds plain and simple a great shot the hairy stem might be the giveaway
Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
31 Mar 2010 2:16AM
Two beautiful images, so well captured and presented.
GlenD 14 United States
31 Mar 2010 4:20AM
Two very nice images, nice shots
jaktis Plus
18 84 Sweden
31 Mar 2010 5:27AM
Lovely colours and presentations

metro074 12 8 Australia
1 Apr 2010 1:29AM
Superb macro. Love it. Well done
Cor 12 Belgium
1 Apr 2010 8:53AM
V2 +++++
1 Apr 2010 10:15AM
Two beautiful images - like them both !

mahbrook 11 1 1 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2010 9:54PM
V1 for me. Lovely rich colour.
xwang 12 56 8
7 Apr 2010 10:18AM
Excellent colour.
10 Apr 2010 6:22PM
Beautiful.V2 is my favorite
DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2010 6:58PM
Perhaps a little dark but two beautiful photographs.

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