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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 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.

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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dmhuynh72 Plus
10 44 3 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 7:02PM
Looks great against the purple bg Pam, the light and detail are excellent.

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Glostopcat Plus
11 255 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 Plus
10 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.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 7:37PM
Wow........ Superb detailGrin
jdinne 14 16 England
14 May 2012 8:12PM
That is just perfect, love it.


14 May 2012 8:24PM
Great shot, lovely clarity
Lillian Plus
8 22 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
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
14 May 2012 8:58PM
You can almost feel that texture, Pamela, wonderful detail, and colour.

cabbie Plus
10 31 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 9:12PM

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


Have to agree with Dave a cracker

helenlinda Plus
10 360 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
mikbee Plus
10 3 8 Scotland
14 May 2012 11:25PM
Incredible to think the stems can run for 200 ft Pamela !!
Great colours.
Super shot.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.2k 30 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.
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
15 May 2012 7:36AM
Wonderful close - up Pamela.

Briwooly Plus
12 452 5 England
15 May 2012 11:24AM
Wonderful colour and detail Pam super image

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
15 May 2012 12:56PM
That's a big flower Pamela. Beautifully photographed - super sharp stamen and such lovely textured petals.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
15 May 2012 1:34PM
Excellent detail and colour..............Sandy
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
15 May 2012 3:02PM
How beautiful, and very nicely captured and presented, Pamela Wink
Trev Smile
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 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.

strokebloke Plus
9 493 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!!

imagio Plus
11 12 1 England
15 May 2012 8:22PM
Spectacular capture Pamela..
Paul_cats Plus
12 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.
zapar40 Plus
7 66 5 Wales
15 May 2012 9:03PM
beautiful detail, beautiful capture.
big thanks for your comment... means a lot.
saltireblue Plus
7 7.5k 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.

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

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
9 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
15 143 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
Amazing detail Pamela, beautiful bloom.
netta1234 Plus
5 382 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
21 May 2012 7:37AM
Lovely image again Pamela - a fine recent series of flower shots. A
BarbaraR Plus
11 17 1 England
21 May 2012 6:03PM
Super quality capture of this pretty flower and
lovely toning b/g too.

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 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 Plus
11 222 2 Ireland
23 May 2012 10:52PM
An amazing and in formative presentation Pamela,the detail is pin sharp.

Beautiful photo.



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The detail in this image Pamela is phenominal, beautiful background complimenting the subject Smile

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 5:22AM
That's a super shot Pamela excellent detail .

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