This is one of the plants I found growing at the summit of Mount Vaea where Robert Louis Stevenson's tomb is. It looks like Lantana but I am only familiar with the yellow and orange variety so I cannot be certain although the flower structure looks similar. The other major difference is that all of the yellow orange ones I have seen have tons of flowers whereas this one just had a few appearing amidst other plants. Perhaps they are a few young plants struggling to survive amongst the other plants?
|Calathea burle-marxii "Blue Ice"|
|Chinese Violet, (Asystasia gangetica)|
|Flowers of the Surinam Cherry, (Eugenia uniflora)|
|Fruit of the Surinam Cherry, (Eugenia uniflora)|
|Flowers of an Unknown shrub|
|Tomato flowers (Solanum lycopersicum)|
|Cardinal Myzomela (Myzomela cardinalis)|
We saw this chap feasting in a large stand of Odontenema. I am not sure which species we have here in Samoa. It could be either Odontonema strictum or Odontonema cuspidatum although it appears that the two a synonymous so I guess either one could be considered correct.
In any case it is appropriate for a Cardianl Myzomela to been seen amongst these flowers as one of Odontenema's common names is "Cardinal guard".
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