African Tulip
Size (Unframed) 18" x 14"
Finished May 2001

I fell in love with this flower and just had to paint it. It usually blooms very high in trees which can grow as tall as 20 or more feet tall, so its not always easy to access the flower for photos. I found a few lower trees along the Mamalahoa Highway and was able to take photos looking down on the blossoms. The "banana-like" clusters in the center of the flower cluster are the buds. Since they do not all open at once, the flowers bloom year round. They can be seen along many of the roads on the big island. They, most likely, grow on the other islands too, but since I have not visited all of the other Hawaiian Islands, I'm not sure about that.

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