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Old Jul 2, 2013, 4:46 PM   #1
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Default Wild Hibiscus

I come across these wild hibiscus plants I Green Cay Wetlands and Loxahatchee Wildlife Recreation area from time to time. They are not the same as the hibiscus people have growing in their yards here in Florida. They are more spindly, taller, and the leaves more sparse. They still produce a beautiful flower. I have not been able to get a close up of an open flower yet, last Friday I did get a close up of a partially opened bud. Even with my 500mm lens it made a great 11" X 14" print for my den wall. At 500mm the background came out blurred and smooth.

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Old Jul 3, 2013, 5:09 PM   #2
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Interesting to see them wild, vey smooth bokeh in that lovely 2nd shot.


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Hi Ed!
Since I'm a Hibiscus nerd, let me tell you that the flower you found is another species than the one grown in gardens. Yours is a Hibiscus coccineus, a true wild species native to Georgia and Florida, typically in wetlands. You've made a great find, this species is pretty sought after amongst Hibiscus collectors.
The ones grown in gardens (or indoors in pots if you live in my climate) are named Hibiscus rosasinensis, but is really a total mixture of hybrids and cultivation more or less impossible to trace back to any wild species.
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Old Jul 4, 2013, 6:49 PM   #4
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Ed - Lovely rich colors and fine composition!

Kjell - Nice to see you posting again. Hope to see some of your great photos again soon too!
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