Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Marvel of Peru

Mirabilis jalapa also known as Marvel of Peru or 4 o'clock flower is a Perennial herb original from tropical America wich it is said was introduced in Europe from the Peruvian Andes in 1540

Mirabilis jalapa has become naturalised throughout tropical and warm temperate regions and it is common in many places in the island.

A curious aspect of this plant is that flowers with different colors can be found simultaneously on the same plant.

Additionally, an individual flower can be splashed with different colors. Flower patterns are referred to as sectors (whole sections of flower), flakes (stripes of varying length), and spots. A single flower can be plain yellow, pink or white, or have a combination of sectors, flakes and spots. Furthermore, different combinations of flowers and patterns can occur on different flowers of the same plant.

 The flowers are pollinated by long-tongued moths of the Sphingidae family, such as the Sphinx Moths or Hawk Moths and other nocturnal pollinators attracted by the fragrance.

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