Karijini's Desert Rose

@JudyEv (227412)
Bunbury, Australia
October 22, 2020 3:12am CST
The photo shows one of the native wildflowers that were prevalent in Karijini National Park in West Australia’s north. It is known as Sturt’s desert rose, Gossypium sturtianum, and is a woody shrub, closely related to cultivated cotton. It is found in most states and is the floral emblem of the Northern Territory. The large, hibiscus-like flowers range in colour from pale pink through to maroon. There are five petals and a dark red centre. Nectar-loving birds are attracted to the flowers. The desert rose grows along dry creek beds, watercourses, gorges and rocky slopes on sandy and gravelly soils and is drought tolerant. The plants contain gossypol, which is a chemical that is toxic to animals other than ruminants.
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@myklj999 (50588)
• United States
22 Oct
I was going to say it looks a lot like a hibiscus until I reached the second paragraph.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
I would have called it a 'native hibiscus' but I can't find definitive information to say it's one and the same. It certainly looks like a hibiscus.
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@myklj999 (50588)
• United States
22 Oct
@JudyEv It even has the exact coloring of some of my Rose-of-Sharon plants
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@myklj999 (50588)
• United States
22 Oct
@JudyEv Yes, the stamen (I think it is called that) is much larger in a RoS. I have about a gazillion and one plants, they propagate fairly all over the place if you're not careful.
So I was looking through the plants this afternoon and found out I have 4 different colors/types. The majority are the top left, a lavender with a red center,...
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@Hannihar (106120)
• Israel
22 Oct
@JudyEv The flower in the picture is very beautiful. Thank you for sharing that information with us Judy.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
I think it is very beautiful too. I'd love to have some in my garden.
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@Hannihar (106120)
• Israel
22 Oct
@JudyEv I would love to have one just to look at. Do they make fake of them?
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@Hannihar (106120)
• Israel
22 Oct
@JudyEv Too bad.
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@LadyDuck (311480)
• Switzerland
22 Oct
This is so pretty and it is incredible that such a delicate flower grows from this woody shrub. Gossypol, the same natural phenol that it is found in the cotton plant.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
Gossypol seems a very funny name for a chemical, don't you think? It's certainly a pretty flower.
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@LadyDuck (311480)
• Switzerland
23 Oct
@JudyEv I agree that it is a funny name, seems coming out from "gossip".
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Oct
@LadyDuck I agree.
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@rakski (69397)
• Philippines
22 Oct
very pretty flower to contain toxin
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
True but many pretty plants can be quite dangerous.
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@rakski (69397)
• Philippines
22 Oct
@JudyEv yes, that is true and this one is use for medicine
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• India
22 Oct
There is a medicine on this name . "Gossypium" . Does that medicine is made from this flower or something ?
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
I don't know about the medicine but I don't think 'gossy' wouldn't be a very common word.
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• India
22 Oct
@JudyEv no its not common . But i recently had this medicine so strike me instant
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• China
22 Oct
The gossypol is an excellent contraceptive,but has too many side effects.They say it has certain therapeutic effects on some cancers.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
Thanks for that information. I didn't know that.
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@rhuenz (8377)
22 Oct
It's like i saw already this kind of flower like hibiscus. Yeah its wild flower,but don't have any idea about. Thanks for sharing.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
You're welcome and certainly it looks like a hibiscus.
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@msdivkar (17573)
• India
22 Oct
Nice flower looks somewhat similar to hibiscus. We have similar wild flowers grown in jungles with no particular names.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
I was reminded of an hibiscus too.
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@Overflowing (3764)
22 Oct
its kinda cute and have some similarities on hibiscus..
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
Yes, that's true. It does look like a hibiscus.
@MALUSE (62903)
• Germany
22 Oct
The blossom reminds me of hollyhock / mellow.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
It looks like a hibiscus to me.
@moonandstars (46394)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
22 Oct
It's beautiful. Maybe this was an inspiration for Sting song, Desert rose
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
I don't know that song. I'll have to listen to it when I have more time.
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@Ronrybs (10818)
• London, England
22 Oct
I was thinking that it wasn't my idea of a rose, but didn't realise that cotton had a flower. I shall have to look one up and see
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
I guess cotton has a flower of some sort which then turns into the cottony bit.
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@Ronrybs (10818)
• London, England
23 Oct
@JudyEv I had a quick look. I don't think I'd like the job of picking cotton, far too much like hard work
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Oct
@Ronrybs Apparently the cotton bushes are very harsh/prickly and hard on the fingers.
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@LindaOHio (51537)
• United States
22 Oct
That's a lovely shot.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
Thanks. I'm trying harder with my photos now.
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@LindaOHio (51537)
• United States
23 Oct
@JudyEv Your photos are always lovely.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Oct
@LindaOHio Thanks.
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@oahuwriter (17285)
• United States
23 Oct
Interesting! It's beautiful!
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Oct
It almost seems wasted in the vast expanses of 'nothing' that's out there.
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@oahuwriter (17285)
• United States
26 Oct
@JudyEv Just like the lotus, in the midst of its surrounding it blooms proudly & so delicately beautiful.
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@arunima25 (48761)
• Bangalore, India
23 Oct
It's a beautiful wild flower adding life and color to those desserted background. It's gorgeous. I love the color. I guess gossypol is also there in cultivated cotton and that's why many animals stay away from it.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Oct
The flower certainly brightens up a drab landscape.
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@arunima25 (48761)
• Bangalore, India
28 Oct
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@thelme55 (56586)
• Germany
22 Oct
What a beautiful rose. It really looks like hibiscus. Thank you for the information.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Oct
You're welcome and it looks more like a hibiscus than a rose to me too.
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@thelme55 (56586)
• Germany
26 Oct
@JudyEv Yes, to me too.
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@dgobucks226 (24673)
22 Oct
Pretty flower. A flower also found in Africa. The desert rose produces a sap in its roots and stems that contains cardiac glycosides. This sap is used as arrow poison for hunting large game throughout much of Africa and as a fish toxin. Thanks for arousing my interest to find out more about this flower
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
And thanks for the extra information about it.
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@dgobucks226 (24673)
24 Oct
@JudyEv Sure thing
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• United States
22 Oct
what a beauty! ya 'd me hooked'n desirin' to see if'n i could grow one here. 'til i got to the end anyhow. the last thingy i need 'tis 'nother toxic plant growin' 'round these parts! very interestin' such's related to cultivated cotton. 'lways fascinatin' to find the diff'rent species who're closely tied together.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
It's surprising sometimes what's related to what. I'm sorry you were put off as it's very pretty.
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• United States
23 Oct
@JudyEv ah now, i 'twas not put off, jest aint a good idea fer me to try to grow such. i'm still battlin' that silver nightshade 'n need nothin' else'n the property toxic. be my luck such'd love my place, go forth'n multiply. 'tis a beauty though!
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@just4him (226703)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Oct
It's a very pretty flower.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
It is indeed and lovely to come across a heap of them in such an arid landscape.
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@just4him (226703)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Oct
@JudyEv That's wonderful you did.
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@1creekgirl (23128)
• United States
22 Oct
Strange that it's called a rose, but really pretty.
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@JudyEv (227412)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Oct
It's more like a hibiscus than a rose, isn't it?
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@1creekgirl (23128)
• United States
22 Oct
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