Taiwan: Tropical Flowers

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It’s Spring! And these sure beat daisies. The sub-tropical climate in Taiwan, straddling the Tropic of Cancer, is altered slightly across the island by the the island’s backbone ridge of high mountains; the vegetation therefore, produces a really spectacular range of flowers every spring and summer – just in time for me to return!

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Maybe you can’t really see this strange tree, but in early June it’s nearly finished its stunning bloom of huge fat, sturdy flowers; the burning orange petals have a strangely firm cotton-like feel. Just flowers, no leaves. My mum tells me that earlier in the year the whole tree is bursting with flowers. Can you imagine? Asia does tree flowers rather spectacularly. Even in the middle of the city.

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