{floral friday}

{floral friday #45}

Last week the hubby and I went to the botanical garden here in Bremen and I tried out my new lens. (Expect to see more floral fridays with pics from the botanical garden! haha)

So, I stumbled upon this interesting looking flower: Edgeworthia papyrifera. Also known as oriental paper bush.

A few facts about the oriental paper bush:

  • The oriental paperbush is native to China and Nepal, and can also be found in Japan.
  • The plant grows in forests, on scrubby slopes and near streams.
  • It has papery, cinnamon-colored bark and has been used for centuries in its native countries for making high quality paper, especially Japanese banknotes - hence its common name, 'paper bush'. {source}
  • Edgeworthia is named after Michael Pakenham Edgeworth (1812-81), a part-time botanist, plant collector and employee of the East India Co.
  • The flowers are fragrant and open from their buds in late winter.

 
 
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14 Comments

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    Elisabeth Andrée
    Friday February 3rd, 2012 at 01:29 PM

    Goodnessssss, so beautiful! Pretty pictures Vanessa…..to my Flower Pinboard:)

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    Roanna
    Friday February 3rd, 2012 at 02:48 PM

    Such a unique and delicate flower this one!

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    I am LOVD
    Friday February 3rd, 2012 at 04:15 PM

    Honestly, nature is beyond amazing. Completely takes my breath away. Nice results from the lens, by the way:-)

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    adventuresindinner
    Friday February 3rd, 2012 at 04:23 PM

    Gorgeous! I don’t think that I’ll be able to find any here but you once again have reminded me that I must have fresh flowers int he house this weekend.

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    Keeping It Indie
    Friday February 3rd, 2012 at 05:33 PM

    Such a beautiful and interesting flower. I have never seen one like this before. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Deb
    Friday February 3rd, 2012 at 07:12 PM

    Terrific photos of a vibrant and elegant bloom!

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    Gwen
    Friday February 3rd, 2012 at 09:44 PM

    Oooo…I bet you are having fun with that new lens! It’s looks it…gorgeous…

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    Giga
    Friday February 3rd, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Na gałązkach nie ma listków tylko śliczne kwiatki. Bardzo ładne zdjęcie. Pozdrawiam. *** The branches have leaves not only the beautiful flowers. Very nice photo. Yours.

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    Seaweed & Raine
    Saturday February 4th, 2012 at 06:29 AM

    Really pretty and kind of quirky. How did you find the aroma? Pleasant?

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    Modern Mom
    Saturday February 4th, 2012 at 04:03 PM

    They are so lovely.

    Pink and White Lantana

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    Tina´s PicStory
    Sunday February 5th, 2012 at 02:05 PM

    thanks for your lovely weekend flowers :)

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    Diane @ home sweet homemade
    Sunday February 5th, 2012 at 06:58 PM

    lovely photographs and such a rare treasure to photograph! Thank you for sharing, I’m not sure if I’ll ever have the chance to see one in real life. It’s a beautiful plant.

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    Katie
    Monday February 6th, 2012 at 02:03 PM

    Gorgeous flower!

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    petitehermine
    Saturday February 11th, 2012 at 05:42 AM

    Wow, these flowers are gorgeous! I’ve never seen them before, but now I’m entranced :)

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