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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Trailing Abutilon






Family: Malvaceae
Botanical name: Abutilon megapotamicum
Common name: Trailing abutilon, Chinese lanterns, flowering maple , Brazilian bell-flower
Origin: Brazil

Photographs taken by Autumn Belle at The Secret Garden of 1-Utama
Grateful thanks to Dr. Francis Ng of The Secret Garden of 1-Utama.
You can visit Dr. Francis Ng's blog here.
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My post today is dedicated to jodi DeLong, writer, editor and photographer from Canning, Canada of Bloomingwriter: Gardening in Nova Sotia. She was the first commenter of my previous post on the "My Blog Plans for 2010. Congratulations to jodi who is currently celebrating her 4th Blogaversary. I just love the big bouquet of lavender in her latest post. Quick! Why not hop over there to congratulate her.


  1. Chinese lanterns?

    But how nice they can last long for me to decorate my garden over the Chinese New Year festical.

  2. What a lovely, delicate flower, they do look like little laterns.
    Sunny :)

  3. I love flowers that looks like little paper lanterns. What a pretty vining plant.

  4. They look beautiful, great close ups.

  5. Rainfield, Sunny, Wendy, Dragonflylady, These flowers are quite tiny but I think they do have a unique shape. If I can grow a lot of these and get them to bloom during Chinese New Year, it will be great as we consider red and yellow very auspicous colours. I also think that they look like lady evening gowns, maybe for the tiny elves and fairies that lives among the flowers and plants there.

    When I check the images from the internet, the flowers are red/yellow combination. I never see the red/pink combi flowers. I wonder why?

    Is anyone growing this in their garden?

  6. those are lovely, unique blooms. i'm not sure if i've seen anything like that before. Happy WW!

  7. Those flowers are so unique, I don't think I've seen them here.

  8. The flowers look like tiny little lamps....Its the first time round i have come across this particular plant. Thx for sharing!

  9. I had forgotten all about this plant Autumn. They do have the pretties shaped blooms.

  10. Autumn, thank you for the warm dedications (two in a row! I'm honoured!) and for the joy of having your blog to read. I've never seen a trailing abutilon (the regular parlour varieties are found at greenhouses to be used as houseplants or outdoor annuals), so this was a real delight to see.

  11. Hello Autumn Belle,

    The Abutilon are just beautiful.

  12. Hello Autumn Belle, those Abutilon photos are beautiful. I have seen them also in this country and i have some photos in the past. I also fancy their design.

    I was out yesterday, but i already congratulated Jodi on her anniversary. What time do you normally post your blog?

  13. I wonder if they have seeds inside?

  14. Cool! They are just grown as annuals here in the Northeastern U.S. (sigh). I've never seen them so big!

  15. Wonderful plants! a dream garden!
    Hapy WW!

  16. Nice flower! I like the simple trellis that they have built here. The plant is going to enjoy the climb!

  17. A nice welcome sight from cold snowcovered Surrey

  18. Life Ramblings, Jama, Radhika, Lona, Jodi, Noelle, Green Seeds, Mary Anne, Carmen, Stephanie, Joanne, I'm glad you like this little lantern flower too.

    Andrea, I still don't have time to prepare my post in advance and do scheduling, so I can only post it to my blog when I have finished writing my post. Therefore timing is uncertain. In case, you have any related post regarding the flowers that I have posted, do let me know and I'll be happy to link to you.

    James, as I know, this plant can be propagated by seeds and cuttings. The plant info can be obtained with a google search. This is an annual plant and the disadvantage is that it tends to attract a lot of white flies and bugs. Our blotanist friend, Jacqueline has written about it, the link is here:


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