In the city of Leeds , as in all cities of the Northern Hemisphere, now Winter still reigns.
The trees are without leafs, the vegetation disappears under the snow and the flowers will bloom only in the Spring. But, in one of the Global Curriculum Project’s British schools , children are studying the theme Flowers, and they would like to know some of Brazil’s flowers, a country in which they are present all over the year. We answered to their request, and as we’ve taken pictures and tried to describe them , we started to pay more attention to the flowers that make São Paulo and surrounding cities less gray.
1-Allamanda- from teacher Sueli Nonato’s Garden
Scientific name - Allamanda cathartica
From the north, northeast and east Brazilian coast .
2 -Allamanda - from teacher Sueli Norito’s garden
Scientific name- Allamanda blanchetti A. DC.
Originary from the northern coast of Brazil, long stems, leaves elliptic ovate, waxy bright green.. Tropical plant that does not tolerate the cold.
3-Bouganvillea – Primavera/Spring - from Ms Fania Katz neighbour 's yard in Street Tubarana, neighbourhood of Vila Mariana , near S. Paulo City's center
Scientific name - Bouganvillea glabra
The native from Brazil. In the XIX century a French Admiral called Louis de Bougainville found it in Rio de Janeiro's mountain's region and brought it to Europe. Now it grows all over the world.
4- Blue flowers in a balcony, looking to cars- São Paulo, Conselheiro Furtado Street
5- Buxo or Buxinho ( from teacher’s Vera Lucia Mello’s Garden )
Scientific Name - Buxaceae family. Origin : Europe .
6-Calliandra- (from Prof Sueli Norito’s garden)
Scientific name . Calliandra brevipes
A native of Brazil, 1-2 m tall, exuberant flowering.
The flowers are small, numerous, clustered in dense chapters, with pink stamens and there are also white or purple in other varieties. Flowering occurs during spring and summer, running the legend that it portends rain.
7- Geranium ( from Takano Bookshop’s balcony , Conselheiro Furtado street São Paulo)
8 -Manacá da Serra ( from of teacher Marlene Pisolito’s garden )
Scientífic Name : Tribouchina Mutabilis
Native form the Atlantic Forest ( Mata Atlântica). The flowers first bloom in white, then turn to violet and rose colors.
9- Portulaca- Onze Horas /Eleven O’clock ( from Prof Sueli Norico’s Garden )
Scientific Name : Portulaca grandiflora
Showy flowers that open in the morning with the presence of strong sunlight, white, red, yellow or purple.. It tolerates cold climates and can be grown in all regions of the country.
( Project Team, March 2010)
March 18, 2012, 3:14 a.m.