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Kshounish Sankar Ray

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Feb 29, 2008, 9:51:19 AM2/29/08
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Hi,
 
Taken at Kolkata yesterday, purple sunbird on a flowering Petrea volubilis vine.
 
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Kshounish
28.02 016 Purple sunbird.jpg

J.M. Garg

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Feb 29, 2008, 7:27:10 PM2/29/08
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Lovely shot, Kshounish ji. Also called Queen's Wreath, Purple Wreath, Sandpaper Vine, Bluebird Vine. Here are details of Petrea genus taken from Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrea

Petrea
Petrea volubilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Superdivision: Spermatophyta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Lamiales
Family: Verbenaceae
Genus: Petrea
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Petrea is a genus of evergreen flowering vines native to Mexico and Central America. They have rough-textured leaves, hence the common name sandpaper vine. It looks somewhat similar to a tropical Wisteria.

Carolus Linnaeus named Petrea in honour of Robert James Petre, 8th Baron Petre of Ingatestone Hall in Essex. Petre was a patron of botany.

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