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Golden Chalice Vine 1

By pamelajean
When in Spain last year, I found this spectacular scrambling shrub running all along the wall of a house and was astonished at the 10" long and 7" wide chalice-shaped golden yellow flowers, which turn deeper gold with age.
It has taken me a long time to discover its name. The house owner told me all about it....in Spanish. It is also known as Cup Of Gold or Hawaiian Lily, and is a thick-stemmed tropical Liana, a vigorous and rampant grower which requires plenty of space and a strong support. Its thick and woody ropelike stems can run for more than 200ft, scrambling over everything in its way.
The 5 lobes of the corolla are reflexed, and each lobe is marked with a narrow purplish brown ridge on the inside. They are fragrant, with a scent reminiscent of coconut.
There are 8 species of chalice vines, but this one, Solandra Maxima, is the most common. They are related to Angel Trumpets (another lovely name), and like them, have hallucinogenic properties, but beware because they are also poisonous.
Pamela.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Wildlife and nature Solanaceae Solanales Tropical liana Solandra Maxima Cup Of Gold Hawaiian Lily

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Comments


dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 7:02PM
Looks great against the purple bg Pam, the light and detail are excellent.
regards
Yung

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Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
14 May 2012 7:02PM
A stunning close up Pamela, the detail and colours are fabulous and you've presented this lily so beautifully. Your series on flowers has been a real pleasure to view
14 May 2012 7:20PM
Wonderful image Pam, love the way the BG colouring enhances the Flower.

John Smile
Billyray 8 70 3 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 7:29PM
An superb shot with great detail and colour. You have also provided an excellent and informative write up.
Ray
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 7:37PM
Wow........ Superb detailGrin
Diane
jdinne 13 16 England
14 May 2012 8:12PM
That is just perfect, love it.

Rgds

John
Great shot, lovely clarity
Lillian Plus
6 21 17 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 8:41PM
All goes together so well Pamela, can only say
one of the ''very best'' macro shots on here of a flower
Lillian
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
14 May 2012 8:58PM
You can almost feel that texture, Pamela, wonderful detail, and colour.

Dave
14 May 2012 9:12PM

Quote:You can almost feel that texture, Pamela, wonderful detail, and colour.

Dave



Have to agree with Dave a cracker

Bob
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 9:42PM
Fascinating texture - reminds me of chamois leather, as does the floppy appearance of the flower head SmileSmile
Helen
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
14 May 2012 11:25PM
Incredible to think the stems can run for 200 ft Pamela !!
Great colours.
Super shot.
Mick.
SlowSong Plus
7 6.1k 29 England
15 May 2012 6:59AM
How beautiful, both the flower and your image. I like the graduated light falling on the petals and the colour of the b/g.
Gorgeous.
Chris
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
15 May 2012 7:36AM
Wonderful close - up Pamela.

Ken
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
15 May 2012 11:24AM
Wonderful colour and detail Pam super image

Brian....................
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
15 May 2012 12:56PM
That's a big flower Pamela. Beautifully photographed - super sharp stamen and such lovely textured petals.
Brian.
15 May 2012 1:34PM
Excellent detail and colour..............Sandy
15 May 2012 3:02PM
How beautiful, and very nicely captured and presented, Pamela Wink
Trev Smile
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
15 May 2012 5:43PM
Oh my word, Pamela...the detail and clarity here are mindblowing. Your floral images are SERIOUSLY things to aspire to.

I have never seen a Solandra like this. What a beaut! The ones here are longish and mainly yellow, without those lovely 'raspberry-blueberry ripples' going through it like this one has.

Andrew
strokebloke Plus
7 493 17 England
15 May 2012 5:51PM
You've done it again, haven't you Pamela? Grin
This is worth a hat-full of votes
Lovely flower Pamela. It's a real beauty. Nice work!!

Jane
imagio 9 12 1 England
15 May 2012 8:22PM
Spectacular capture Pamela..
Paul_cats 10 61 22 Scotland
15 May 2012 8:42PM
Had I not already given my user award today this would have got it. Sorry Pamela. Simply stunning.
Paul
zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
15 May 2012 9:03PM
beautiful detail, beautiful capture.
big thanks for your comment... means a lot.
ant.
saltireblue Plus
6 5.6k 33 Norway
16 May 2012 4:44PM
A marvellously clean and sharp composition, Pamela. Your choice of bg is very complementary to the colours of that gorgeous bloom.

Malc
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 7:21PM
What a beautiful shot Pam, looks lke 3D.
Brian
bunbeam 10 2 United Kingdom
17 May 2012 10:04PM
wow, what a beauty, colour and details are amazing
bunSmile
18 May 2012 7:29AM
A Simply outstanding capture with superb light and detail. Well done
Carol
Amazing work, stunning detail

John
snappersue 7 11 United Kingdom
18 May 2012 3:15PM
Another beauty. Gorgeous colours, very warming. Sue
Totally stunning.. The pin sharp detailing is breathtaking.. Beautifully presented.
A deserving award
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
19 May 2012 5:15AM
Fabulous capture of this exotic beauty. Many of our neighbours in Spain have this in their gardens but as we refuse to have anything that is not edible, it hasn't crept into ours yet.
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
19 May 2012 10:57AM
A great write up for this wonderful flower I have never come across before Pamela A superb capture showing every tiny detail xxx
19 May 2012 10:26PM
Amazing detail Pamela, beautiful bloom.
Tony
netta1234 Plus
4 310 2 Wales
20 May 2012 8:35PM
Fantastic Macro,lovely colour and I love your choice of colour to your BG to match perfectly.Grin
Netta
21 May 2012 7:37AM
Lovely image again Pamela - a fine recent series of flower shots. A
BarbaraR 10 16 1 England
21 May 2012 6:03PM
Super quality capture of this pretty flower and
lovely toning b/g too.

B.
annettep38 Plus
4 217 38 Costa Rica
22 May 2012 10:24PM
amazing detail in this lovely flower. the petal texture seems 3 dimensional, like a skin.
Excellent DOF,too.
Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
23 May 2012 10:52PM
An amazing and in formative presentation Pamela,the detail is pin sharp.

Aidan,,
26 May 2012 10:40PM
Beautiful photo.

Greetings,

Murat

Photos of Turkey
27 May 2012 12:57AM
The detail in this image Pamela is phenominal, beautiful background complimenting the subject Smile

Mark
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 5:22AM
That's a super shot Pamela excellent detail .
Rob

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