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#10 BOCA DE TOMATLAN (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)


TABACHIN- oil on canvas 36" X36". Royal Ponciana, flamboyant tree, flame tree, peacock flower, red bird of paradise, mother tree and Tabachin. Plant family name:   Caesalpiniaceae and related family Fabaceae/Leguminosae. Botanical Genus name: Delonix Regia. Tree named after M. de Poinci 18th century governor of the French West Indies. Royal Poinciana has  4-5 inch (1.2-12.7 c) Each blossom has  4 vibrant scarlet or orange red fan shaped petals  3 inches (7.6 cm) long with a fifth leaf upright slightly larger with a standard mottled with yellow or white markings occurring in exuberant clusters (inflorescence) each one-half meter long forming a blazing umbrella in spring and summer.  Foliage is long graceful and fern-like , bipinnate 12-20 inches (30.5-50.8 cm( long with 20-40 pairs of primary (pinnae) divided into 10-20 pairs of secondary leaflets (pinules) forming a leafy canopy sometimes wider than its height. . It grows to heights of 30-40 feet (9.1-12.2 m) tall. The flowers are followed by seed pods 2 feet long . The pods when ripe are dark brown, flat, very hard, woody and indehiscent and can be 24 inches (61cm)long and 2 inches (5.1 cm) wide. Pods can remain on tree for the following year. Seeds can be eaten and the pods are used for fuel and for making necklaces and for craft purposes can reach a length of up to 60 cm. In the Caribbean Islands the pods are  called "woman's tongue" because of the rattling noise they make in the wind. Tabachin is a deciduous tree in climates where there is a dry season but in places like Florida and areas where the winter is similar to summer it is a semi-evergreen tree A native of Madagascar found in the  in the tropical and subtropical belt including India, Thailand, Egypt, Israel, Canary Islands, Eilat, Venezuela, Bahamas, Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii and Mexico. Royal Ponciana can tolerate salty conditions in coastal but not openly exposed beach conditions

oil on Canvas 36" X 36"

BIRDS I.(Strelitzia Nicolai) Commonly named White Bird of Paradise, Natal wild banana, natal wildepiesang. Igeeba, Ikhamanga. Family Strelitziaceae is closely related to the Musaceae (banana family) and the well known crane flower or bird of paradise Strelitzia reginae. The whole flower resembles the head of a bird with a white crest and a purple beak. The name Strelitzia honors Queen Charlotte from the house of Meclenburg-Strelitz. She was the wife of King George III of England

It is a large evergreen tree commonly grown in sub -tropical climates. Growing in Africa's eastern cape and KwaZulu-Natal and up into Mozambique and Zimbabwe, where it occurs in coastal bush and forest, often growing in dense multi-stems forming dense clumps up to 4 meters at the base reaching a height up to 12m m. Inflorescence consists of more than one flower and is adapted to bird pollinization and grows up to 30 cm long. Stem is woody and smooth in texture. Leaf stalks are opposite and shiny green with glaucous underside  turning to grey-green when mature. Blades grow up to 2m in length. Leaves tend to tear to resemble large feathers. Crane-flower bud inflorescence is subtle shades of grey-blue up to 500mm long slowly opening to release the white sepals contained within. Flower stamens are blue . It blooms throughout the year with the main  period from late winter to early summer. The fruits contain triangular black seeds which have wooly orange arils on the lobes. Leaf stalks are dried and used to make rope for building fish kraals and huts. Zulu men use the boat-shaped spathes as penis sheaths. Immature seeds are used as food and the leaves as lining for corn pits. Samango and Vervet monkeys feed on the flowers and the orange arils .Sunbirds, blue duiker and Indian mynah also feed on the flowers. Froga and ducks seek protection in the clumps along rivers

oil on canvas - 38" x 48"

BIRDS II (Strelitzia Nicolai)

oil on canvas  24" x 36"


BRICK AND BUTTER VINE (Thumbergia Mysorensis)

oil on canvas - 36" x 48"Family: Acanthaceae. Commonly known as coo coo clock vine, lady slipper vine   and brick and butter vine. This evergreen woody stemmed climbing vine is originally from India, (specifically, Mysore, India) Blossoms from Spring to fall producing pendulous brownish-red and yellow pendant racemes. Copious amounts of sweet nectar attract hummingbirds

ORCHID III ---Laelia cattlea

oil on canvas 36" x 48"


Passion Flower (passiflora Quadrangulis Granadilla)-oil on canvas 36" X 48". Christian Missionaries of the 16th C landed in South America and found a vine they called the passion flower because they thought it symbolized the passion of Christ The five petals and the five sepals represent ten Apostles not counting Peter and Judas. The double rows of filaments signify a halo or the crown of thorns. The five stamens and the three spreading styles with their flattened heads symbolize the wounds and the nails respectively. The tendrils of the vines resemble the whips used to scourge Christ and the lobed leaves resemble the clutching hands of the soldiers


oil on canvas 36" x 48".Passiflora caerulea also known as the Blue crown Passion flower and Granadilla, so named from the supposed resemblance of the finely-cut corona in the centre of the blossoms to the Crown of Thorns and of the other parts of the flower to the instruments of the Passion of Christ. A single, fragrant flower, 2 to 3 inches wide, is born at each node on the new growth. The bloom, clasped by 3 large, green, lifelike bracts, consists of 5 greenish-white sepals, 5 white petals and a fringelike corona of straight, white-tipped rays, rich purple at the base. It also has 5 stamens with large anthers, the ovary and triple-branched style forming a prominent central structure. The nearly round or ovoid fruit, 1-1/2 to 3 inches wide, has a tough rind that is smooth and waxy. Within is a cavity more or less filled with an aromatic mass of double walled, membranous sacs containing orange-colored, pulpy juice and as many as 250 small, hard, dark brown or black, pitted seeds. The unique flavor is appealing, musky, guava-like and sweet/tart to tart. Vines extends throughout Mexico, Central and South America and as far north as the Southern United States. It has naturalized in many parts of the world as well as being introduced into England from Brazil in 1699

BOCA DE TIGRE- oil on canvas, 26" X 48" (Rossioglossum grande, tiger odontoglossum, Boca de Tigre (tiger's mouth. Discovered by George Ure Skinner near Guatemala City in 1836. The preserved specimens are in Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium in John Lindley's orchid herbarium

oil on canvas 36" X 48"


oil on canvas 24" 36"

CHILE MEXCLA, oil on canvas 16" X 20"

Boca de tomates (Puerto Vallarta)

oil on canvas  24" x 36"

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