Archive for 'Flowers'

Lachnocapsa spathulata

One of very few of this species with flowers, and being so late in the season, even this one had just a single flower left. A gift! Is this a variation of the species, or a subspecies? Endemic.

Caralluma socotrana

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Euphorbia spiralis

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Lotus ononopsis

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Achyranthes aspera

The inflorescence can grow very long, and this one was at least 50 cm long protected as it was inside the huge Juncus socotranus. Otherwise this would have been consumed by the goats!

Ruellia insignis UV

Very prominent against dark leaves and the rocks in UV. Endemic.

Ruellia insignis

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Aerva javanica

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Teucrium socotranum

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Dicliptera effusa

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Evolvulus alsinoides UV

Almost same color in visible as in UV (although UV light is only an approximate and subjective projection, it is after all invisible to humans!), but the brighter center in visible is dark in UV, making it blander in UV.

Evolvulus alsinoides

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Asystasia gangetica UV

Mostly white in visible light but dark in UV.

Asystasia gangetica

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Blue pimpernell (Anagallis arvensis var. caerulea) UV

Brighter in UV than in visible light, but the center is less prominent and the yellow stamens are very dark.

Blue pimpernell (Anagallis arvensis var. caerulea)

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Campylanthus spinosus

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Campylanthus spinosus UV

Quite dark in UV and very prominent on the otherwise bright plant and rocks.

Eeuphorbia kischenensis

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Oldenlandia pulvinata UV

Bright in visible but quite dark in UV. Endemic.

Oldenlandia pulvinata

I found very few still with flowers, but when in prime flowering season these mats will be all-white with flowers. Endemic.

Helichrysum sp. UV

Nothing unusual in UV for this species. Please help me with positive id – leave a comment 🙂

Helichrysum sp.

Resembles balfourii and paulayanum, but don’t have any reference on foliage. Please help me with positive id – leave a comment 🙂

Exacum affine UV

No surprises in UV, except that all the parts of the flower appear uniformly dark and that the brightest areas to us are the darkest of all. Endemic.

Exacum affine

This one was growing alongside a small stream at around 300 meters above sea. Endemic.

Phyla nodiflora UV

No surprises in UV light.

Phyla nodiflora

This species is found in or alongside streams, and in some places form dense mats or even fields, completely dominating the floral expression. Here I only found a few scattered plants. Strangely these plants seem to be left alone by goats! I found a completely intact colony by the huge dunes in the north – […]

Caralluma socotrana UV

A mesmerizing flower in shape, texture and color which is almost completely dark in UV. Endemic.

Socotra bottle tree (Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum) UV

This flower is incredibly beautiful and one of two icons of Socotra, but in UV it has no surprises – ladd rather dark, and without any patterns not seen in visible light. Endemic.

Socotra bottle tree (Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum)

Perhaps the most photographed and most famous of all plants on Socotra! Some grow to impressive sizes, while others are more modest – common is their ability to store water in their trunk, and thus you may see them in bloom long after the last rain. One part of the island you may see none […]

Limonium paulayanum

This species looks like a mix between Limonium sokotranum (long an circular leaves) and paulayanum (obovate with flattened tip and leaves about half in length to the sokotranum). The inflorescence also seems more x-shaped than the y-shape of the two others species. Endemic.

Indigofera nephrocarpa UV

No surprising patterns in UV for this one!

Indigofera nephrocarpa

A beautiful specimen of the species found during my climb up the cliffs on the way to Shuab beach. It was still healthy with no signs of water shortage, but that I think was only days away, so it had little time left to produce mature seeds. The heat of the sun is shorter on […]

Launaea rhynchocarpa UV

As with most Asteraceaes also this one has a dark center in UV.

Launaea rhynchocarpa

The only unharmed specimen I found of this species during my trek around the cliffs on the way to Shuab beach of west Socotra. All others were eaten by goats.

Ochradenus socotranus

The cliffs on the way to Shuab beach of west Socotra have lots of interesting seemingly inaccessible locations for goats and thus the promise of untouched plants with healthy sizes. This location was in no way out of reach for the goats! I found droppings absolutely everywhere, but fortunately also many relatively intact plants. This […]

Commelina forskalaei

My first thought when I saw it was that how did it come all the way here from South America. In Pantanal I found lots of Commelina erecta, but this is a regional species, and I found this one on the steep cliffs on the way to the Shuab beach of west Socotra. These slopes […]

Cucumis prophetarum 2 UV

Very interesting in UV light, as in visible it is all brightly colored!

Cucumis prophetarum 2

On the steep cliffs of west Socotra on the way to Shuab beach I found many interesting plants and some untouched by goats. This rather large specimen was still in great shape and would perhaps be able to make ripe seeds before the lack of water completely suspends all life. My focus on the plant […]

Camptoloma lyperiiflorum

I found many interesting plant species growing on the steep cliffs on the way to the gorgeous Shuab beach of west Socotra. This one seems to be unpalatable to the goats due to the resin, so it was an untouched specimen to behold for once.

Ipomoea sinensis

The cliffs on the way to Shuab beach of west Socotra have lots of interesting seemingly inaccessible locations for goats. At least it looks that way from the ocean. As I climbed I saw the sign of goats everywhere, but fortunately many small plants were in bloom like this one. I later realized that goats […]

Dendrosicyos socotrana

A cucumber tree! Yet another strange plant found only on Socotra. This was the only specimen I found in this early stage of flowering, as well as a position to look at it. These trees are after all tall when they bloom, and most grow in a location where there are no boulders or cliffs […]

Farsetia longisiliqua

In the northern end of Shuab beach the sheer cliffs provide shade and an extended period of cooler temperatures. This in t urn provided me with the joy of seeing many plant species still in bloom and not drooping from lack of water.

Ballochia atro-virgata

Yet another excellent specimen of a plant species on Shuab beach of west Socotra. I’m unable to determine species, it could be anisotes or ballochia, of which the leaves of this specimen does not fit either of the two, but the flower is very similar to ballochia amoena. Non-glandular hairs on calyx, and specimen taller […]

Capparis cartilaginea

This is an incredible plant species which can grow dangling from sheer cliffs, but this one was growing on the beach of Shuab in the west of Socotra and thus easily accessible for my and my camera to capture the stunning flower. I was grateful to find this one in bloom, as I found either […]

Capparis cartilaginea UV

Although this flower has no pattern, or other UV specific advertising, I think it looks equally amazing in UV as in visible! It’s one of the most beautiful of Socotra’s flowers.

Socotra plant 06 UV

I have yet to encounter one species of Convolvulaceae that is not like this in UV! Either multicolored, or one color in visible, but all the same in UV.

Socotra plant 06

One of many species in the bindweed or morning glory family I found on Socotra. This was growing on the beach of Shuab in the west of the island. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Pergularia tomentosa

I found this plant in many locations around sea level, but only on the beach of Shuab in the west of Socotra did I find one with perfect flowers. Most other plants were either past bloom or had run out of water and were drooping.

Pergularia tomentosa UV

Also this plant holds no secrets in the flowers in visible light that is revealed in UV light.

Gray Mangrove (Avicennia marina)

The small mangrove forest in the middle of the Shuab beach provide soothing shade in the midday sun, and I was in luck as it was in bloom during my visit. With flowers come insects and I stuck around a while to enjoy them and the shade. Socotra is a windy island, and shooting a […]

Limonium sokotranum

A very hardy and salt tolerant species that I found commonly close to the ocean, as here on the beautiful beach of Shuab in west Socotra. Many of the plants have salt crystals even on the flowers! Endemic.

Heliotropium socotranum UV

Flowers are very dark in UV. Endemic.

Heliotropium socotranum

Resembles H. wagneri and shoabense, but the two have a very limited range, and I therefore assume this is a young specimen of socotranunum. Found on the beach of Detwah with many goats, so they might not reach mature sizes here.

Aizoon canariense UV

As the petals were gone (I found none in bloom), this photo is more on the developing fruit than a true flower.

Aizoon canariense

This species thrives on the flats close to the ocean, and are very small and inconspicuous. In fact I had to use my macro to see the flowers as the petals are long gone! Lots of goats roam the areas around the Detwah lagoon of west Socotra where these are photographed, and they trample the […]

Senna holosericea UV

This flower is more interesting in UV, as the veins and the center has a darker more pronounced color compared to the more or less all-yellow in visible light.

Senna holosericea

Quite common on lower levels, and here around the Detwah lagoon I found it widespread around the campground. Goats leave these, and most of the pea family alone, so I found them in bloom and with fruit, despite lots of goats in this nature reserve.

Argemone mexicana UV

What a surprise! In UV this bright flower is completely dark!

Argemone mexicana

This is an invasive weed on Socotra, and is able to thrive and in some areas dominate. This is one of many plants I found on the beach of Detwah in the west of the island, and was the only one I found in bloom.