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Janet Brien
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Cockscomb Celosia, the Magnificent Clam Flower!

Cockscomb Celosia, the Magnificent Clam Flower!
I call this beautiful and unusual blossom a Clam Flower because of the wavy similarity to the mouth of a clam. They come in a rainbow of outrageous neon colors and are soft and velvety to the touch! I LOVE THEM!!!! :D

From Wikipedia:
Celosia is a small genus of edible, ornamental and medicinal plants in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. The generic name is derived from the Greek word κηλος (kelos), meaning "burned," and refers to the flame-like flower heads. Species are commonly known as woolflowers, or, if the flower heads are crested by fasciation, cockscombs. The plants are well known in East Africa’s highlands and are used under their Swahili name, mfungu.

Soeradjoen (away for some time)), Tony Margiocchi, Василий Касимовский, Circa MCMLX and 11 other people have particularly liked this photo

14 comments - The latest ones
 xX M@rtin Xx
xX M@rtin Xx
This is so beautiful Janet, very well captured
7 years ago.
sasithorn_s club
Awesome color and detail!
7 years ago.
 natur' ELLE
natur' ELLE club
superbe prise douce !*********
7 years ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Wonderful capture.
7 years ago.
 Anne Elliott
Anne Elliott club
Beautiful macro of a most unusual flower, Janet. I bought two of them once, from Safeway, along with my groceries : )
7 years ago.
 Clotilde M
Clotilde M club
Qu'elle est belle !
7 years ago.
 Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Unique image!
7 years ago.
 Janano -
Janano - club
Stunning Janet. I can almost feel this velvety image

Seen in Beautiful Flowers
7 years ago.
 Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
Aptly named and captured beautifully!
7 years ago.
 Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon club
oh even the leaves are beautiful, that colour is just perfect for a summers dress with the flower hat to match.
7 years ago.
Fuzzy beauty =)
7 years ago.
A terrific macro shot, Janet! Lovely color and detail.
Have a grand day!
7 years ago.
 Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
It does look like a clam. Cool flower!
7 years ago.
 Soeradjoen (away for some time))
Soeradjoen (away for… club
Wow! So beautiful.
Thanks for the information, Janet.
6 years ago.

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