2007 Madeira Flowers

Summer flowers on Madeira 2007:   Click on a picture to enlarge it.

Sorry folks but you cannot imagine how fantastic the flowers are on Madeira. In the UK we see plants which in Madeira turn out to be trees, err wow. All of the flowers below were photographed on Madeira during our visit in the summer of 2007.

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Huge thistles; small ones are merely tennis ball size

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Frangipani with delicate pale flowers.

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Hydrangea, this one with a with single head the size of a football.

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Hibiscus - grows in profusion.

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Agapanthus, so common along the levadas, they are as tall as Janet and in blue and white.

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Swath of Bougainvillea at the botanical gardens. Funchal can be seen in the distance.

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Possibly a white orchid.

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Forest flame tree.

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The native Madeira viper bugloss.

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The wonderful Ginger Lilly, here is an early season plant; later they are amazingly abundant.

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The Aeonium glandulosum seem to grow straight out of the rock. Some are 12" diameter.

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We think this is a variety of the Hydrangea.

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A limb of bananas. The huge flower at the bottom hosts many more hands. Amazing!

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Wow! This is a Swiss cheese like plant with banana like fruit. My lips tingled for days after eating one.

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Frangipani tree in full bloom.

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Cane orchid.

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Chamaedorea palm (we think).

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Proteas.

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Bird of parade plant. Now used as the emblem of Madeira.

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Amaryllidaceae.

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Arum. Seen by the 1000 in most churches.

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