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Indian mallow flower

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Indian Mallow Flower 6841

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And now, after the bud in the previous photograph, you get to see a fully open Indian mallow flower, which grows to about 3/8 of an inch (1 cm) across. You can tell from the protruding structure at the center of the flower that the genus Abutilon is in the Malvaceae, or mallow family.

Like yesterday’s picture, this one comes from Great Hills Park on May 14.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 18, 2013 at 6:16 AM

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  1. I love how you caught the light on the face of the flower. Really stunning shot!


    June 18, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    • For its small size, this flower has a lot to offer. Now that you mention the light, I’m reminded that a few years ago, just a few steps from where I took this picture, I photographed some buttercups, whose petals also have a sheen.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 18, 2013 at 6:40 AM

  2. Light and shadow…Nicely done Steve!


    June 18, 2013 at 9:16 AM

  3. It is so perfect, it hardly seems real. And so tiny–thanks for magnifying it for us.


    June 18, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    • I’ve noticed that many small things—including most insects and spiders and some flowers—have structures as intricate and interesting as those of larger things. I’m grateful to have a lens that can get close enough to reveal some of those small structures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM

  4. I do like this photo. The leaf and flower seem well matched. The way the flower presents itself reminds me of a passion flower. They’re not the same family, of course, but the appearance is similar.


    June 18, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    • I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for native passion flowers. That’s something that’s been lacking here. This mallow can be a stand-in in the meantime.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM

  5. What an interesting color, that! Very pleasing!


    June 18, 2013 at 9:44 PM

  6. […] central column makes it easy to tell that this wildflower is in the same botanical family as the Indian mallow you saw here a couple of weeks […]

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