Flowers for Mothers’ Day – some showy flower photos

Mothers’ Day is celebrated around the world today. Here’s a selection of showy flower photographs which I’ve taken in Ecuador. They’re from various locations in Ecuador – just an assortment of natural beauty for everybody on Moms’ Day! Flowers are the mothers and fathers of the flowering plants!

Blakea w bug Las Orquideas 2011 DSCF1413
Melastomataceae, maybe Blakea, at Jardin Botanico Las Orquideas, Tena, Copyright T. McDowell, 2013.
Bomarea banos 2010 DSCF1888

Bomarea (Alstromeriaceae) vine in flower near Baños, Ecuador, 2010. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Bomarea glaucescens (Alstromeriaceae) in páramo reserve above Salinas de Guaranda, Bolívar, Ecuador, May 2013. copyright T. McDowell, 2013.

Bomarea glaucescens (Alstromeriaceae) in páramo reserve above Salinas de Guaranda, Bolívar, Ecuador, May 2013. copyright T. McDowell, 2013.

Bouganvillia flower orange guay 2011 DSCF2244

Bougainvillea x buttiana flowers with orange bracts. Guayaquil Historical Park, 2011. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Bouganvillia flower purple Guay 2011 DSCF2243

Yellow Bougainvillea flowers within purple bracts, Guayaquil Historical Park, 2011. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Bouganvillia flowers 2 colors 2012 IMG_1117

Bougainvillea x buttiana flowers, yellow and cream, at Guayaquil Historical Park, 2011. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Bromeliad quito bot gdn infl flower DSCF0241

Bromeliad (pineapple family, Bromeliaceae) at Guayaquil Botanical Garden – red bracts enclosing yellow flower bud and brown-purple flower. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Brugmansia flower salinas 2010 DSCF1122

Brugmansia sanguinea (Solanaceae) in Salinas de Guaranda, 2010. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Brugmansia hybrid Guaranda IMG_3875

Brugmansia x candida (hybrid “floripondio”, Solanaceae), Guaranda, 2013. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Calceolaria Cascha Cotorres

Calceolaria (Scrophulariaceae) flowers, Cascha Totoras, Bolívar, Ecuador, 2008. copyright T. McDowell 2013.

Capanea affinis, San Jose de las Palmas.   copyright T. McDowell 2013

Capanea affinis (Gesneriaceae), in forest at San Jose de las Palmas, Bolívar, Ecuador, 2013. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Cavendishia (Ericaceae) flowers at Omaere Ethnobotanical Garden, Tena Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Cavendishia (Ericaceae) flowers at Omaere Ethnobotanical Garden, Tena Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Chuquiraga jussieui at Chimborazo 130511 IMG_4331

Chuquiraga jussieui (Asteraceae) at páramo reserve below Chimborazo, May 2013.copyright T. McDowell 2013

Cinchona flower banos IMG_0262

Cinchona (Rubiaceae) flower and bud, along Sendero de los Contrabandistas, near Baños, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Columnea sp red tip leaf plant Omaere 2010 DSCF0583

Columnea (Gesneriaceae) flower, at Omaere Ethnobotanical Garden, Tena. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Cymbidium hybrid orchid quito bot gdn10 DSCF0248

Cymbidium hybrid (Orchidaceae) at National Botanical Garden, Quito, Ecuador 2010. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Cyrtiphyllum macranthes symbol pinchincha orchid quito bot gdn9 DSCF0248

Cyrtiphyllum macranthes (Orchidaceae), the flower of the Province of Pinchincha, Ecuador, at the National Botanic Garden, Quito, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Epidendrum hybrid orchid quito bot gdn4 DSCF0248

Epidendrum hybrid (Orchidaceae) at Nat. Bot. Garden, Quito, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Erythrina flowers banos 2010 DSCF0345

Erythrina (Fabaceae) near Baños, Ecuador, 2010. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Espeletia pycnophylla Frailejones close

Espeletia pycnophylla, “Frailejón” (Asteraceae) at El Angel páramo. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Etlingeria eliator  flower head Balsapamba 2010 DSCF1182

Etlingeria eliator, “Torch Ginger”, inflorescence with showy bracts, at Univ. Estatal de Bolívar Agricultural Station, Balsapamba, 2010. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Euphorbia pulcherrima Guaranda IMG_3861

Euphorbia pulcherrima, “poinsettia” or “flor de Pascua” (Euphorbiaceae), cultivated small tree, Guaranda, Ecuador, 2013. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Fuchsia species flower DSCF1170

A species of Fuchsia (Onagraceae), a diverse genus in Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Galinsoga sp banos DSCF1948

Galinsoga (Asteraceae), with curved styles yellow, near Baños, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Gentiana sedifolia Chimborazo 130511 IMG_4377

Gentiana sedifolia (Gentianaceae) at a páramo reserve above Salinas, Bolívar, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Gentianaella sp 130511 Chimborazo IMG_4348

Gentianella species (Gentianaceae) in pámaro reserve above Salinas, Bolívar, Ecuador, in May 2013. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Gesnerid Rio Palenque

Kohleria spicata (Gesneriaceae) at Rio Palenque, Ecuador, 2009. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Gossypium flower Balsapambas 2011 DSCF1845

Gossypium (cotton) flower (Malvaceae) at the Balsapamba Agricultural station of Univ Estatal de Bolívar, Ecuador, 2011. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Gustavia longifolia IMG_0806

Gustavia longifolia (Lecythidaceae) at Balsapamba Agriculture station of Univ. Estatal de Bolívar, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Heliconia 2012 IMG_1100

Heliconia inflorescence, perhaps H. psittacorum (Heliconiaceae), with orange flowers and red bracts. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Heliconia rostrata Guayaquil 2010 DSCF1316

Heliconia rostrata, (Heliconiaceae) with hanging inflorescence, red bracts, and yellow flowers, at Guayaquil Botanical Garden, 2010. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Guayaquil 2011 DSCF2203

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Malvaceae) cultivated at the Guayaquil Historical Park, Ecuador, 2011. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Ixora coccinea guayaquil 2011 DSCF2172

Red and yellow flowering cultivars of Ixora coccinea (Rubiaceae) at the Guayaquil Historical Park, Ecuador, 2011. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Jaltomato viridiflora SJP 130429 IMG_4218

Jaltomato viridiflora (Solanaceae) at San José de las Palmas forest, Bolívar, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Lamarouxia virgata SJP 130429 IMG_3899

Lamarouxia virgata (Scrophulariaceae) at San José de las Palmas, Bolívar, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Lavatera arborea Salinas 130504 P1020285

Lavatera arborea (Malvaceae), the cultivated tree mallow, at Salinas de Guaranda, Bolívar, Ecuador, 2013. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Caiophora aequatoriana Loasaceae 2010 IMG_0422

Caiophora aequatoriana (Loasaceae) at Cajas National Park, Ecuador, 2010. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Nototriche cf pichinchensis Chimborazo 130511 IMG_4442

Nototriche pichinchensis (or related species) (Malvaceae) at páramo reserve above Salinas, Bolívar, Ecuador, 2013. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Oenothera versicolor SJP 130429 IMG_3968_2

Oenothera versicolor (Onagraceae) at páramo of San José de las Palmas, Bolívar, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Oreocallis grandiflora cascha totoras 2010 DSCF0960

Oreocallis grandiflora (Proteaceae) at Cascha Totoras forest, Bolívar, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Oxallis lotoides Salinas 2010 DSCF1124

Oxalis lotoides (Oxalidaceae) at Salinas de Guaranda, 2010. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Phaedranasa sp banos IMG_0230

Phaedranassa dubia (Liliaceae/Amaryllidaceae) along Sendero de los Contrabandistas below Baños, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Phragmopidium orchid xx Las Orquideas 2010 DSCF0534

Phragmipedium orchid at Jardin Botanico Las Orquideas, Tena, Ecuador, 2010. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Phragmopedium (Orchidaceae) at National Botanical Garden in Quito.  copyright T. McDowell 2013

Phragmipedium (Orchidaceae) at National Botanical Garden in Quito. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Polygala Tena

Polygala (Polygalaceae) flowers in Tena, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Pleurothallis orchid (Orchidaceae) at Jardin Botanico Las Orquideas, Tena, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Pleurothallis orchid (Orchidaceae) at Jardin Botanico Las Orquideas, Tena, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Psychotria poeppigiana DSCF1303

Psychotria poeppigiana (Rubiaceae), “hot lips”, with yellow flowers enclosed in red bracts. Jardin Botanico Las Orquideas, Tena, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Punica granatum Machala 2012 IMG_1406

Punica granatum (Lythraceae), “pomegranate”, “granado”, cultivated at the Univ. Polytecinca de Machala, Ecuador, 2012. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Salvia cf quitensis

Salvia quitensis (Lamiaceae), at Cascha Totoras, Bolívar, Ecuador, 2008. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Siphocampylus giganteus flower Cascha Cotorres

Siphocampylus giganteus (Campanulaceae) flower at Cascha Totoras protected forest, Bolívar, Ecuador, 2008. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Solandra maxima (Solanaceae) "cup of gold" flower, about 8 inches long, at Hostal La Chimenea, Baños, Ecuador.  copyright T. McDowell 2013

Solandra maxima (Solanaceae) “cup of gold” flower, about 8 inches long, at Hostal La Chimenea, Baños, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Stellis (Orchidaceae) flower, less than 1/8 inch long, at Jardin Botanico Las Orquideas, Tena, Ecuador.  copyright T. McDowell 2013

Stellis (Orchidaceae) flower, less than 1/8 inch long, at Jardin Botanico Las Orquideas, Tena, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Tecoma stans Cuenca 2011 IMG_0372

Tecoma stans (Bignoniaceae), “fresno” growing as a street tree in Cuenca, Ecuador, 2011. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Theobroma cacao flowers GUayaquil 2011 DSCF2186

Flowers of the chocolate tree, Theobroma cacao (Sterculariaceae/Malvaceae) cultivated at the Guayaquil Historical Park, Ecuador, 2011. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Thundbergia alata

Thundbergia alata (Acanthaceae), “black-eye Susan”, a cultivated vine from east Africa, common in gardens in Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Tradescantia cymbispatha SJP IMG_3739

Tradescantia cymbispatha (Commelinaceae) flowers with fine articulated hairs on filaments of stamen, growing wild at San José de las Palmas forest edges, Bolívar, Ecuador, 2013. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Tillandsia (Bromeliaceae) flowers, a relative of spanish moss in pineapple family.  copyright T. McDowell 2013

Tillandsia (Bromeliaceae) flowers, a relative of spanish moss in pineapple family. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Trichostigma Los Arrayanes

Trichostigma or Salvia (Lamiaceae), at Los Arrayanes de San Gabriel, Carchi, Ecuador. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Turnera flower Guay 2011 DSCF2257

Turnera (Turneraceae) at the Guayaqui Botanic Garden, 2011. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Vaccinium flowers 2 cashca totoras 2008 DSCF0021

Vaccinium (Ericaceae) flowers at Cascha Totoras, 2008. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Valeriana rigida Chimborazo 130511 IMG_4396

Valeriana rigida (Valerianaceae) at páramo reserve above Salinas de Guaranda, Bolívar, Ecuador, May 2013. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Werneria Chimborazo 130511 IMG_4335

Werneria pygmea (Asteraceae) in páramo reserve above Salinas de Guaranda, Ecuador, May 2013. copyright T. McDowell 2013

Happy Mothers’ Day to one and all!

Flower stand near World Heritage site "Cementario Los Cipreses", Tulcan, Carchí, Ecuador.

Flower stand near World Heritage site “Cementario Los Cipreses”, Tulcan, Carchí, Ecuador.

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About Tim McDowell

I'm a botanist from East Tennessee State University conducting a Fulbright project in Guaranda, Ecuador.
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One Response to Flowers for Mothers’ Day – some showy flower photos

  1. Love the pictures. Hope to have many of these is my garden someday. here is my Ecuador adventure.
    http://www.atruetalltale.wordpress.com

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