946. Palu di Lechi (Cryptostegia Grandiflora)

Curaçao imported this plant from Madagascar after WWI, intending to start a rubber plantation (as luck would have it synthetic rubber was invented around this time, so the project failed) Today this plant is considered mata di mondi  (wild flower) as it grows pretty much anywhere, on top and around other plants, sometimes posing a threat to our natural vegetation.

Imported, resilient and wild, this flower reminds me of home.

Niche Nomads was kind of enough to share this beautiful photo with us, feel free to download and set as your desktop wallpaper!

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I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in and love Manhattan, but sometimes miss my first Awesome island...

One comment

  1. Lou

    It’s deadly poisonous, never intend to eat a leaf, a flower or come in contact with the rubber latex from it. The flowers have the most amazing smell one can ever find.

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