What is it?

Mystery Flower

Mystery Flower

Found these in the
“miscellaneous greens” section
at Whole Foods.

Being an amateur
botanist, I like to know
what to call plants.

Does any one know
what these are?
They’re more like
straw flowers with hard petals
than soft, pliable petals.

But they have this
interesting center
that reminds me of a magnolia.
Just a very small magnolia
with hard, red petals.

31 comments on “What is it?

  1. How do you that?

    When you write there’s so much calmness, peace in your words.

    I wonder what it looks like inside your head. It must be an oasis of peace…

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  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Thanks for letting us know what it is because I didn’t know … but once you mention magnolia, oh yes .. the characteristics are easily seen.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I’m not sure it’s a magnolia, but it’s the closest thing I can think of, Frank. I’ve been searching the internet and haven’t found any info on it yet. These petals are really woody and firm and the flowers are about 3 inches in diameter. But I loved the color. Very interesting.

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  3. The name ‘mystery flower’ seems to fit perfectly, Cathy, since it’s a mystery to me that it’s an actual flower and not a painting of a flower.

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  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    I am definitely not the person to ask–can’t even keep plastic plants and flowers looking good. But I love the picture! 🙂

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  5. I don’t know but I know it is a gorgeous photo!

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  6. That is an interesting flower indeed. It looks like it has a little pineapple growing at the center!

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  7. Brigitte says:

    Cathy, I don’t know what it is but I’ve seen them too. Surely, you’ve framed this one! Beautiful, along with your words.

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  8. The Hook says:

    I’m stumped, but I like it!

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  9. Beautifully mysterious and intensely rivetting, not knowing what this is just adds to the effect. An outstanding piece Cathy. Sharon

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  10. I don’t know what they’re called, but I’ve always liked these… so delicate, and yet the petals are so strong. Love the photo.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I had never seen them before this weekend when I found them at Whole Foods. I’ve recently been on a track of photographic botanicals. The rich color really intrigued me.

      And thank you!

      Cathy

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  11. Xraypics says:

    Flower looks very like a South African protea – proteas are, well, protean and there are hundreds of varieties. The thick petals and leaves would be consistent. I suggest you look there. Tony

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  12. Xraypics says:

    Looks like Protea Safari sunset.Resendiz leucadendron. Look it up on Google Images. It is beautiful. Tony

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  13. Xraypics says:

    We visited Hawaii – Maui – this year and saw proteas being grown there, very beautiful. I lived in Cape Town for a short while and remember trying to collect photos of protea but there were just too many varieties to get anything like a complete collection. Tony

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Tony. The protea genus sounds like it is a very large one, like orchids. I scheduled a new post for tomorrow with a haiku identifying the flower and crediting you with the I.D. (as well as another one of my photographs of it). And I am enjoying your pics! I’m a Physiotherapist (a Doctor of Physical Therapy in the U.S.) with some training in radiology. Your renderings are fascinating!
      Cathy

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  14. […] at xraypics.wordpress.com for identify our mystery flower! And if you’re new to this thread, click here for the original […]

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  15. vastlycurious.com says:

    How exotic! I have seen single stems in flower markets but did not know the name until I read above from Xraypics !

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