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Mark Billiau.

Pro Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

Exotic Beauty (36) : Yellow hibiscus

The past years I made several visits to the conservatories of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium where 10.000 (!) plant and tree species originating from the tropics and the subtropics are growing in the greenhouses over there.

Thanks to the warm and moist climate in the conservatories and the intensive maintenance, it’s really amazing what an immense great variety of exotic flowers from all over the world can be seen there, even in the cold winter season !
Flowers whose natural habitat is situated in the rainforest, the mountain forest, isolated islands, deserts, etc……. Places that most of us will never or seldom visit.
Some of the flowers are very rare, extremely colourful or specially shaped.
Others were introduced in Europe by men and became a cultivated species or an ornamental houseplant.

I selected the –to my personal taste- most beautiful flowers that I saw there and made a series of them.


Dutch name : Gele hibiscus
German name : Gelbe Eibisch
Latin name : Hibiscus harwoodii

Country of origin : Hawaii


Hibiscus can be found in subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world, but this specific yellow species is native only to the isolated islands of Hawaii.

A big thanks to aline64 for the kindly nomination of this picture.

Comments 84

  • RW Petersen 04/27/2015 9:25

    Your wonderful image of this Hibiscus deserved that star.
    Great to see it in this stage of flowering. Cheers Renate
  • Bernhard Kuhlmann 03/04/2012 14:39

    Absolut brilliant in der Schärfe und den Farben !
    Gruß bernd
    Bernhard Kuhlmann
  • Irbenika 04/01/2011 12:19

    Wonderfully beautiful flower!!! Soft light and warm colors make the image just fabulous!

  • Rikki und Winni 03/06/2011 20:03

    Absolutly FANTASTIC!!!! What a wonderful picture!
  • Hans-Günther Schöner 02/18/2011 11:56

    Deine Fotos sind absolute Topfotos !!

    Grandios !

  • Halvorsen 02/17/2011 10:24

  • Adele Oliver 02/16/2011 1:02

    Congratulations, Mark .... so well deserved!!!
    greetings, Adele
  • Charly Roggow 02/14/2011 16:58

    ganz exzellent aufgenommen
    LG Charly
  • Alexandra Diaconescu 02/14/2011 15:54

    Beautiful photo!
  • Briepgirl 02/13/2011 23:32

    A great macro!!!
  • CsomorLászló 02/13/2011 17:27

  • EdelS 02/13/2011 16:47

    Hallo Mark, das Foto ist ein Traum! Hier stimmt aber auch alles! !00% Qualität und hat den Stern verdient.
    Liebe Grüße Edel
  • Denis- 02/13/2011 12:05

    Félicitations pour cette macro de très gande qualité !
  • aline64 02/13/2011 11:57

    Bravo Mark, je suis très contente pour cette fleur étoilée
  • Mohr Wilfried 02/13/2011 9:49

    Wirkt besonders gut durch den dunklen Hintergrund.
    Gruß Wilfried
  • Mark Billiau. 02/13/2011 9:12

    @ everybody who voted pro : thank you very much.
    And of course a special thanks to aline64 for the nomination of this picture.

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