Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Hydrangea macrophylla (Big leaf hydrangea) - Sikkim Flora

Hydrangea macrophylla (Big leaf hydrangea)
Place : Khechuperi Lake ,  West Sikkim
Date: May 25, 2014
Pic: Shital Pradhan

Hydrangea macrophylla (Big leaf hydrangea)
Place : Khechuperi Lake ,  West Sikkim
Date: May 25, 2014
Pic: Shital Pradhan



Scientific classification

Kingdom:       Plantae
Phylum:         
Class:             
Order:             Cornales
Family:           Hydrangeaceae
Genus:            Hydrangea
Species:           H. macrophylla

Binomial name: Euphorbia milii Des Moul.

Other Names:  bigleaf hydrangea, French hydrangea, lacecap hydrangea, mophead hydrangea, penny mac and hortensia

Special feature: It is a native to China and Japan.

“H. macrophylla blooms can be blue, red, pink, light purple, or dark purple. The color is affected by soil pH. An acidic soil (pH below 7) will usually produce flower color closer to blue, whereas an alkaline soil (pH above 7) will produce flowers more pink. This is caused by a color change of the flower pigments in the presence of aluminum ions which can be taken up into hyper accumulating plants”. (Source: Wikipedia)

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