Wild flowers. Are you an addict too? I was talking to two friends of mine recently and I asked them if they had pictures of the smallest wild flowers they had ever seen. What they came up with was amazing. So, here is the a glimpse into the world of two plant lovers; Arun Kumar and Anurag Sharma.
Less than a couple of centimeters wide, don’t the little curls at the give it a delicacy? Arun found this Argostemma species in Mussourie while travelling around on breaks from college in Dehradun.
Less than 1 cm in size! Check out the, oh-so-detailed cut in the bottom petal.
Arun found this in Dehradun itself. I wonder if the beautiful droplets on the petals are from the stream he says flows nearby.
Again, a treasure found near the stream in Arun’s college campus in Dehradun. Apparently used for a whole bunch of medicines in tradition communities. Google tells me these fellows are a little less than 1 cm each! What do they remind you of?
The next few really steal your heart!
This was a find on a trip to Nandi hills. Don’t get fooled by the trees in the background. These flowers are all of 3mm in size.
Thalictrum foliolosum, quite a mouthful, isn’t it? I think it looks as exotic as it sounds. Mussourie.
Crotalaria pusilla, Anurag actually went to Nandi hills twice a month apart to get these two pictures. He says he was looking for something “really really really really really small. Just a few mm across.” The first time around, he found just the pods. The hairy little things found above.
This is actually the smallest flower in it’s entire genus (almost 600 strong). Wouldn’t it be easy to overlook?
Cynoglossum, is a plant in the Borage family. Anurag’s only comment on this was, Look at the Fruits!
Personally, I love the flowers just as much.
This was my personal contribution. I have no idea of its ID. If you have an idea, do let us know in the comments below. But I like to call it Hide-Me-Not. It was a beautiful evening in the outskirts of Bangalore and I was enthralled by a whole world of tiny things happening around me.
This one took the cake. Arun isn’t fully sure of its ID. But, I think it is telling us all, that you only need to take a walk outdoor and keep your eyes peeled and you will find great beauty. In fact, through the blog, I was thinking of this quote by R.W. Emerson:
The Earth laughs in Flowers.
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone took the time to enjoy the plants around them?
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