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Wishbone flower

The common name of wishbone flower comes from how the stamens look like a chicken wishbone in shape...


Wishbone flower blooms like crazy all season. It needs rich, very moist, well-drained soil and is ideal for a cool greenhouse plant in shade in hot regions...


Also called as clown flower for its vividly marked flowers that resemble the face of a clown...


What is a wishbone?

The furcula or wishbone is a forked bone found in birds and some other animals, and is formed by the fusion of the two clavicles.


There is the Thanksgiving ritual of two children making a wish while holding opposite sides of a V-shaped turkey bone and breaking the bone apart. The wish of the child getting "the lucky break" (child holding the longer piece of bone) is predicted to come true. The loser - who gets "a bad break" - suffers the disappointment of a shattered wish.








37 comments:

  1. Great shots... Hope I get the long part of the wishbone :)...

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  2. Very beautiful images and nicely explained :)

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  3. I love the softness you've captured....makes me want to reach out and touch one. Beautiful!

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  4. Very beautiful! Thank you for sharing! New follower from the inspiration hop! Have a wonderful day!
    Loressa
    www.lifescuriouswisdom.com

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  5. You made me gasp - these shots are stunning!

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  6. Those photos are so beautiful I just want to paint them. I'm your latest follower from Follow Who? Social Weekend Hop so come on over and look at my art and tell me what you think

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  7. Awesome stunning photos. Love the second on the most. Followed you FB page and GFC and visiting from OYGIF.

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  8. I'm digging up in my mind whether I've seen a wishbone flower or not before... I may or may not, these snaps are really beautiful!

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  9. It's known as the Torania flowers here.

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  10. Lovely photo of one of the millions of incredible designs in nature. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Lovely Post .... and wonderful shots.

    Here to see my weekendflower in yellow
    http://happy-hour-with-picts.blogspot.de/2013/09/weekend-flowers.html


    Have a nice weekend, Heidrun in Bavaria

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  12. Wow the colors of these flowers are beautiful. I love the curve of the stamens in the Wishbone shape.

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  13. Beautiful flowers! I love the colours in the first one.

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  14. Gorgeous photos and post, thank you for sharing at our party :)

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  15. It is amazing at how beautiful nature truly is. Those flowers are very interesting and they have such a beauty about them. I can see how it resembles a clown but at the same time almost feel like I am insulting the flower to call them that. I guess it is because most clowns are not known for their beauty and can be very wacky in what they do. While it seems as if one can only feel that these flowers are very graceful. A house planted with these around them must surely look beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictures with us for this weeks Theme Thursday. I hope you are having a fantastic weekend and find some more beautiful flowers to take pictures of.

    God bless.

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  16. Lovely little flowers, the Torenia. I've never grown them. They would probably faint in our heat.

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  17. I never realised that before - thank you. Such gorgeous captures to illustrate it too.

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  18. I remember waiting for the wishbone to dry out so that we could make our wishes as kids! I love the clown flower...it really does look like a clown!

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  19. The flowers are very pretty, I don't think I've ever seen these before.

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  20. beautiful flowers, how lovely to find the tiny heart inside the second one!

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  21. Gorgeous flowers. We love breaking a wish bone whether it is from a turkey or a chicken.

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  22. I can definitely see why they call it the wishbone flower.
    It is beautiful.
    :-)
    Traci

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  24. What gorgeous flowers! Boy, have I come out on the losing end of the wishbone at many Thanksgiving dinners.

    My post today was about Ganesha. Mine still is always with me in my passport wallet.

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  25. Great display of colour! Thanks for sharing Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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