The River Lily (Hesperantha coccinia) is native to Southeast Africa. As depicted in the photo, these plants do just fine in gardens half a world (and another hemisphere) away, in Vancouver, BC. The brilliant red blooms also provide the basis for another common name for this botanical specimen: Crimson Flag.
Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
1/320 sec, f / 5, 0 EV, ISO 320
Botanical Gardens, University of British Columbia
22 Sep 2010
Featured in 300+ Go Long, 26 Sep 2010.