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#211 Aug 20th, 2014, 04:46
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post And Carp in the Great Lakes. I believe they have demolished the native species and they are building a barrage in Illinois to prevent them from getting into the river ecosystem, at a cost of billions of USD.

(sorry to be a killjoy, I loved David's pictures!)
Actually, it's the other way around. The Asian carp are in the Mississippi River moving north into its tributaries and threatening to enter the Great Lakes through the system of canals that link the tributaries to the Chicago River which flows into Lake Michigan from which they could spread to all of the Great Lakes.

This article is from 2006. I wouldn't be surprised if they haven't already reached the Great Lakes because just as with climate change, nobody can get anything done until it's too late to do much good.
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Here in Australia you are not allowed to bring any plants, seeds or any fresh food items. We have lots of species introduces in the past, which have taken over habitats of native plant and animals and are growing without any natural checks. Farmers & Government spend lots of efforts to contain these but Australia is a big place.
When we fly back to Australia, we carry nothing organic. Not even the foreign soil on our shoes.
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This is a wildflower (or common weed) that we saw at Gingee Fort in Tamil Nadu. Anyone know a name for it?



I'll be posting the photo in my travelogue and would like to identify it.
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Originally Posted by davidx2 View Post This is a wildflower (or common weed) that we saw at Gingee Fort in Tamil Nadu. Anyone know a name for it?

,,,,I'll be posting the photo in my travelogue and would like to identify it.
I am loving your travelogue, davidx2!!

I posted on a FB forum your pic, without your permission - to find the ID!! Please don't mind.

I got the ID as Lucas aspera of lamiaceae.
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Originally Posted by naveenamohanrao View Post I am loving your travelogue, davidx2!!

I posted on a FB forum your pic, without your permission - to find the ID!! Please don't mind.

I got the ID as Lucas aspera of lamiaceae.
My, Naveena! You're not only cunning, but you're incredibly fast!

Thanks!!!!
#216 Aug 28th, 2014, 13:41
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Originally Posted by davidx2 View Post My, Naveena! You're not only cunning, but you're incredibly fast!

Thanks!!!!


Some friends I have would give bird and insect IDs faster.

BTW, when I posted your pic for ID help, I did mention that the pic wasn't mine and I needed ID help for a friend!!
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Some friends I have would give bird and insect IDs faster.

BTW, when I posted your pic for ID help, I did mention that the pic wasn't mine and I needed ID help for a friend!!
How about lizards? I'll post another pic in the creepie/crawlie thread and see how fast I get an ID.

And feel free to take credit. Anything I own also belongs to my friends.
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Originally Posted by davidx2 View Post How about lizards? I'll post another pic in the creepie/crawlie thread and see how fast I get an ID.

And feel free to take credit. Anything I own also belongs to my friends.
I can try my luck in getting you the ID. Certain forums on FB/friends are quite active and they love challenges. Please post the pic, will try to get it asap.
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Originally Posted by davidx2 View Post My, Naveena! You're not only cunning, but you're incredibly fast!
Cue the joke about a good woman and a fast car...
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Had another plant come into bloom in the garden today, so had to get the camera out again.

This is stanhopea wardii. It's native from Nicaragua to Venezuela.

Stanhopea is a genus of orchids. In nature, they grow up in the trees (epiphytic). The flower stalk grows downward from the plant so in captivity it's grown in a slatted hanging basket so the flower can grow through the slats and hang down below the plant. The flowers have a wonderful fragrance slightly reminiscent of vanilla. It has evolved to have flowers that mimic an insect. This is from the wikipedia article:

With most Stanhopea flowers lasting three days or less, the blooms must attract pollinators very quickly. These chemical attractants are generated in the hypochile, attracting the male euglossine bees to the flower. When the bee touches down on the flower, a great effort is made to collect chemical scent - he eventually slides on the waxy surface of the hypochile, gliding down on the slippery lip to exit the flower. The long column is touched in the process, resulting in the bee taking up pollinia at the very tip of the column. When the bee slides down another flower, the pollinia are deposited on the sticky surface of the stigma.

In other words, a male bee flies around, smells the scent that the flower throws out to attract it, looks at the flower and says "Whoa, baby!! I need to get me a piece of that!" It then does its thing with the flower and in the process collects pollen and then flies away. The flower calls after it "Hey, big boy! I sure as hell fooled you!" The bee starts feeling his oats again quickly and finds another flower which is then pollinated by the pollen that the bee carried from its tryst with the first flower.

Nature is astoundingly wonderful.

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Here's another orchid in bloom.

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A different species of hoya from what I posted a couple of weeks ago.

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And a nice red flower (don't remember the name) that looked nice with the background of fern leaves.

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Finally, with my DSLR seeing the light of the day, here's the first flower I have clicked from it!

Gloriosa superba
SGNP - 7th September, 2014.



A few common names include flame lily, climbing lily, creeping lily, glory lily, gloriosa lily, tiger claw, and fire lily.
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Getting acquainted with DSLR!

Welcome, Naveena! Hope to see more and more!
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Any idea what are these flowers? Clicked it at the flower market in Bangkok last week.
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Beautiful flowers, Mridula!

Have you got any close-ups also?
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I think they are chrysanthemums. One of the most unspellable flowers ever.
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