Parrot Flower

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The elusive Parrot Flower

Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park

With the house showing it’s been difficult to paint but I managed to get a few more Parrot’s completed tonight!  Enjoy the first one…interesting little flower apparently found in Thailand.   Here is what Wikipedia had to say about this flower:

A balsam, Impatiens psittacina, or parrot flower, is a very rare Impatiens species discovered in the Shan States of Upper Burma by A.H. Hildebrand, a British official. Seeds of it were presented to the Royal Gardens (Kew) in 1899 and it flowered in 1900 and a description was published in 1901 by Joseph Dalton Hooker.

The specimen in Kew did not set seed but the capsules are said not to explode and disperse seeds as in many Impatiens.

The species grows in the wild in a small region of north Thailand (near Chiang Mai), Burma, and in the north-east Indian state of Manipur. It is called the parrot flower because its flower bears a resemblance to a parrot in flight when viewed from the side.

The plant is erect and branches profusely and grows compactly to a height of about half a metre. Like other Impatiens species it has thick stems, the leaves have a serrulate margin. The flower is light purple and carmine red. The lateral sepals are orbicular and light green. The lower sepal is bulbous and narrows into a hooked spur tipped in carmine. The dorsal petal is orbicular and hooded while the lateral united petals are long.

This species of Impatiens is known in Thai as “Dork Nok Khaew” which translates to “Flower Bird Parrot”.

Enjoy the parrot flower and keep making art!!

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9 responses »

  1. What an interesting flower… what inspired you, I can see how great. Wonderful painting… and amazing details. Thank you my dearest Lorelei, have a nice sleep and nice day, Love, nia

    • Thanks…my daughter wanted me to paint parrots and flowers in the same piece so in my research I wasn’t happy with anything so settled with the Parrott Flower! You are so kind nia!

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