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Old Dec 18, 2006, 12:44 PM   #1
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One of the most beautiful and most fragrant flowers, the night queen starts to bloom in the evening,blooms fullby about 9.30-10 p.m. andwithers off early in the morning. Fortunately, this landed conveniently on the leaf. This is at about 6.45 a.m, when it was justbright enough for me to click it.
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Old Dec 18, 2006, 2:31 PM   #2
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Such a pretty little flower, very nicely captured. A shame it hides its beauty at night.
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Old Dec 18, 2006, 4:13 PM   #3
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Wow don't know what to say, realy like the shot but the explanation of the flower even surpases that, thanks for sharing - Ronny
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Nice shot and nice story! Donna
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Old Dec 18, 2006, 8:29 PM   #5
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Thank you, Ted Ronny and Donna. Here is another shot of the branch bearing the flower shot a little earlier today morning. In another half an hour, all the flowers would have separated and fallen off the branch. Nyctanthes Arbor-tristis is the botanical name of this flower, also called as coral jasmine.
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Old Dec 18, 2006, 9:35 PM   #6
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Agree with the others, beautiful and very nicely done. Thanks for the great explanation. Glad you posted the last photo as I was going to inquire if it only flowered one time. However, I see that there are buds yet waiting to flower.


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Old Dec 18, 2006, 11:14 PM   #7
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Beautiful Raghu.

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Old Dec 18, 2006, 11:47 PM   #8
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Thanks Jerry & Don. Jerry, when it flowers the plant actually rains flowers - there are so much of them in all the branches. But unfortunately the flowersdo not stay there - you can see a carpet of flowers under the plant by the time you get up. They are also so delicate that they get fried and shrunk in direct sunlight, as early as about 10 a.m. This also happens to be a very sacred flower for us, so we pick them up early and store it in shade for offering for prayer.
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Old Dec 19, 2006, 4:31 AM   #9
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Beautiful shot and wonderful explanation. Gotta love a place where you can enjoy such beauty and learn something as well. Thanks.
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Old Dec 19, 2006, 6:07 AM   #10
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wow...they are both beautiful shots but the first one is great!!!! and I love the explanations as well....nature is truly a splendid thing!!!!
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