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Florida Wildflower Symposium 2014 – Part Two

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Here are more photos from the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s 2014 symposium at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida, on 19 & 20 September. Two Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) butterflies show great interest in a Passionflower Vine, the Fritillary’s larval host plant. This particular Passionflower Vine is the Maypop (Passiflora incarnata) and you can learn more about it at Janice Broda’s ORCA blog.
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Various photos of Bok Tower from different angles.
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The tower is adorned with large ceramic tile murals, like this one showing Adam and Eve being tempted by the serpent.
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A pond near the Tower contains several examples of large waterlilies, like this Cape Blue waterlily from Africa.
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A close-up of the Cape Blue flower.
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My favorites were these Victoria waterlilies (Victoria amazonica – though the version at the Garden is Victoria ‘Longwood Hybrid’) discovered in the backwaters of the Amazon River basin in 1801.
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A close-up of the giant Victoria waterlilies. Amazingly, a mature leaf can support over 50 pounds if the weight is properly distributed.
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The Pinewood Estate on the grounds of Bok Tower Gardens is a 20-room Mediterranean-style mansion built in the early 1930s for Charles Austin Buck, a Bethlehem Steel vice-president. The mansion is open to the public but it will have to wait for a future visit to the Gardens to see the inside. View Florida Wildflower Symposium 2014 – Part One

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