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The region in which this Brugmansia is found is an area located in the foothills of eastward slopes known regionally as the Rio Topo-Rio Zuñac basin in central Ecuador. The valley is bordered on the east by the Cordillera Abitagua, a very rich center of plant endemism with many endemic species, being mostly orchids. Though the higher parts of the Cordillera Abitagua are part of the Llanganates National Park, the rich soil middle slopes and the lower Topo-Zuñac valley are unprotected territories. The plant and wildlife are in danger of being lost due to modernization.

This vulcanicola features comparatively large, erect foliage with dentations that  are somewhat unique to this particular Vulcanicola. The color is a very deep, rich gold, which sometimes can appear to be a rich orange. The calyx and peduncles may even exhibit a slight purplish or chocolate brown ribbing and general appearance. There is no fragrance, but the enticing color and form alone are enough to make up for this delicate beauty.

 

*photos appear courtesy of Matt V. (insignis)

Even before opening, it is nearly fully colored.

Brightly colored inner corolla.

Note the unusual coloration on the calyx.

The end result is a beautifully formed and magnificently colored work of art.

 

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Delisa
# Delisa
Friday, April 23, 2010 8:02 PM
Thank you for the beautiful photos Matt. I really love the one with the pollen peeking out waiting to be taken.
RJ
# RJ
Saturday, April 24, 2010 3:34 AM
I think Matt did an especially good job of capturing the nice rich brick red/pumpkin orange overtones. The whole thing looks so healthy too.
It is a very striking, beautiful flower.
Hurstwood
# Hurstwood
Monday, May 03, 2010 1:05 PM
Great photographs Matt.
You did a great job growing these out :-)
Gonz
# Gonz
Monday, May 10, 2010 9:42 AM
dear colleagues, brugmansia lovers an dso on...I am so lucky I had photographed almost all wild brugmansias, the only one remaining is the vulcanicola. ASt the moment I stay at Quito, and I wonder if someone can tell me where to look for it.
thanks, Gonz
dee
# dee
Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:54 PM
Thank you so much for this lovely play on nature. It is so very beautiful!

-Dee

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