Sunday, January 6, 2013
Flower Photos: Odontonema strictum or Firespike
Here's another flower that brightens up the cold winter days on Okinawa.
Like Poinsettia plants, they fire-up the hills with red color, even if the sun doesn't shine.
People gave them all kinds of common names.
Mexican Firespike, Firespike, Scarlet Flame and Cardinal Guard are a few that I found.
Scientists call them Odontonema strictum. They aren't regular people, you know.
They would probably kick my butt in a game of Scrabble, I bet.
It might have taken all week to get the correct identification of this plant.
Whenever there's a sign like this, alongside a flower I'm shooting, I photograph it, too.
Then, just put Odonto Nema in a search engine and see what pops up.
Those scientific names are used around the world.
They really make it easy to correctly ID wildlife, plants and probably diseases.
So, I guess I shouldn't poke fun at those scientist guys, too much.
They are a lot smarter than me.
But, I think I could beat most of them at chugging alphabet soup. Hah !
Find out more about Firespike at the University of Florida
See more of Okinawa's Plants in Trees, Flowers and Ferns