The Official National Flower of Puerto Rico: Flor de Maga

Flor de Maga (Thespesia grandiflora) ISO 500, f/8, 1/80, @400mm (post processed with selective burning layered masks)
This is not a hibiscus. This is Flor de Maga, the official national flower of Puerto Rico. It blooms from an enourmous tree  (Thespesia grandiflora) up to 30-50 feet tall, and it was extremely difficult to photograph since they are very high in the the tree. It is widely distributed throughout the island. Although originally endemic to the humid forests near San Juan, (including El Yunque), it has been recently introduced to the states of Florida and Hawaii, countries in the Caribbean and South America.

Maga 1 800px IMG_0229 copy

Aka as Montezuma speciosissima, Montezuma speciosissima is a member of the family Malvaceae, which also includes Hibiscusspecies, but it’s from a different genus. It is grown in subtropical and tropical regions as an ornamental tree, but it’s also valued for its durable wood that is used to make furniture and musical instruments
Aka as Montezuma speciosissima, 500, f/8, 1/80, @400mm
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