This is one of the things I really enjoy about getting lost on Okinawa.
While that Map It Okinawa guy is checking out every trail, or making his own,
I kinda pretend I'm resting in the shade.
And fool around with the settings on my camera.
Not having any clue as to what these red and yellow flowers were, I shot a few.
See, I know lots of folks come here to see flowers and ferns.
There are plenty of websites I have bookmarked to help identify Okinawa's flowers.
This one had me stumped, though.
It wasn't on any of the sites I checked, over the last three hours. Groan.
So, I Googled "Red and Yellow Pine cone-shaped flower."
The University of Connecticut tells me they are Costus barbatus.
Common name, Red Tower or Spiral Tower.
Taking my search a little bit further, I found even more information for you.
Over at Some Magnetic Island Plants, I found out you can eat the yellow flowers.
Both sites will tell you these plants came from Costa Rica.
Now I feel a lot better. People aren't the only things that get lost on Okinawa.
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