Mirabilis Jalapa

Mirabilis Jalapa
Mirabilis Jalapa
Mirabilis Jalapa

This is a common plant (Mirabilis Jalapa). It is found in western India (Mumbai). But I am not sure if it is common in the rest of the country; and if it is native to India. Wikipedia says it originated from Peru. I am not too interested in where it came from. I have it in my home garden. I decided to observe this particular flower at my window.

Mirabilis Jalapa bears a black seed which forms within a few days after the flower blooms. I observed that the flowers bloom before sunset, or after sunrise. They have a timespan (a deleted the word ‘lifespan’) of about twelve to fifteen hours. The transition that you see in these three pictures is within about eighteen hours. It is 10 AM. right now (whatever day or date it is today). The third picture, I took it about an hour ago. The second picture (I am sorry, I am going in reverse order) was taken at about 8 AM. And the first one was about 6 PM yesterday.

I am not a botanist. I am an electronic engineer for whom electronics is just a hobby now. I love physics. One thing that really interests me is where it all began (big bang). I love the miracles of nature and the miracles of life. I love how life gets formed and how it propagates. This particular flower is in a strategic position (facing inside, rather than out towards the Sun). I decided to follow its transition.

I have taken these pictures with Sony ILCE 6000 and the 200mm kit lens. It is not a fancy lens compared to the other options. I can’t go too close to the subject. I have to keep a distance of minimum 1 metre.

Before I wrote this post, I did not want to wait for Fertilisation, or for the seed to form. Let’s wait and watch. Stay tuned!

PS: I switched back to the Twenty-Twelve theme. I feel it works best when I have to upload images.

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