Names of tropical flowers. Dark pink bouquets

Names Of Tropical Flowers

    tropical flowers

  • Meanings vary among the numerous varieties of tropical flowers.  Orchids represent luxury and rare beauty, and proteas symbolize diversity and courage.  Birds of paradise convey joyfulness while anthuriums send a message of hospitality.
  • Native to the Tropics, areas of the world where the sun reaches a point directly overhead at least once during the solar year, tropical flowers are sometimes called exotic flowers because of their association with alluring, lush locations that are warm year-round.


  • name calling: verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument; “sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me”
  • (name) a language unit by which a person or thing is known; “his name really is George Washington”; “those are two names for the same thing”
  • (name) assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to; “They named their son David”; “The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader”
  • A famous person
  • A word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to
  • Someone or something regarded as existing merely as a word and lacking substance or reality

names of tropical flowers

names of tropical flowers – Tropical Plants

Tropical Plants of Costa Rica: A Guide to Native and Exotic Flora (Zona Tropical Publications)
Tropical Plants of Costa Rica: A Guide to Native and Exotic Flora (Zona Tropical Publications)
Ranging from miniature epiphytic orchids to towering trees, and from mangrove forests lining coastal waterways to high-elevation cloud forests, Costa Rica’s rich and varied flora dazzles visitors and botanists alike. Tropical Plants of Costa Rica, the first popular treatment to include plants from all regions of the country, is an indispensable guide to native and exotic species found in the neotropics.This book is beautifully illustrated with more than 540 full-color photographs taken in the field, each depicting an entire plant or a closer view of flowers, fruits, or seeds. Instructive pen-and-ink drawings of botanical details also accompany many of the accounts. The text clearly explains each plant’s identifying characteristics and reveals fascinating facts about its natural history, chemical properties, economic importance, and medicinal and other uses. Sidebar features throughout the book highlight conservation, ethnobotany, and ecology; their topics include unusual applications for plants, distinct attributes of certain plant families, and plants of particular microhabitats. Tropical Plants of Costa Rica is a wonderful resource for naturalists, students, and researchers, as well as both experienced and first-time visitors to Costa Rica and the American tropics.

Cannonball flowers erupt from stems on the lower trunk of the tree

Cannonball flowers erupt from stems on the lower trunk of the tree
This is a strange one! The tree is very large and tall but the flowers all hang from stems 10 feet or so from the ground so it feels like they are growing on a vine attached to the tree rather than the tree itself! These are called cauliflorous… flowers that grow from the trunk.

"In the rainforests of South American, fruits of the Cannonball tree sway and clash in the wind, creating loud noises like artillery fire! These fruits really do resemble big, rusty cannonballs as they hang in clusters on the side of the tree attached to rope like tangles that emerge directly from the trunk.

The Cannonball tree’s beautifully complex and fragrant flowers resemble huge orchids. At night the flowers become particularly pungent in order to attract swift-flying pollinators. This particular Cannonball tree was collected in 1913 at Jamaica’s Hope Gardens and has flourished at Fairchild since it was planted here in 1938."

Couroupita guianensis, whose common names include Ayahuma and the Cannonball Tree, is an evergreen tree allied to the Brazil Nut (Bertholletia excelsa), and is native to tropical northern South America and to the southern Caribbean. In India it has been growing for the past two or three thousand years at least, as attested by textual records; hence it is possible that it is native to India also. It’s part of the family Lecythidaceae and grows up to 25m (82ft) in height. The "Cannonball Tree" is so called because of its brown cannon-ball-like fruits. The majority of these trees outside their natural environment have been planted as a botanical curiosity, as they grow very large, distinctive flowers. Its flowers are orange, scarlet and pink in color, and form large bunches measuring up to 3m in length. They produce large spherical and woody fruits ranging from 15 to 24cm in diameter, containing up to 200 or 300 seeds apiece.

Cannonball Tree, Couroupita guianensis
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL

an amazing tropical flower at the Conservatory of Flowers

an amazing tropical flower at the Conservatory of Flowers
San Francisco, California

This is from the Highland Tropics room in the conservatory. Sorry I don’t know the name….