Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ABC Wednesday- Q

"What is a quisqualis?" asked the quiz master.
"Queer question!" quipped the quack. "It isn't a quail or a quotation,
nor a quadrangle or a quadratic equation.......
Can it be a quadruped carrying a quintal?"
"Not quite correct!" was the answer.
Quisqualis is the flower in the first picture. It is called Madhumalati meaning honey jasmine in its native India. When it was to be given an official name in England, the bored botanist saw it and exclaimed"What on earth is this?" , which translates to Quis qualis in Latin.

16 comments:

  1. Terrific post/photos for the Q Day! I love the camel!! Hope you have a great day!

    Sylvia

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  2. Never knew the history of this flower! Used to grow wild in our garden(when we had it).
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. quizzical name for a flower!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  4. interesting tale behind the name.
    Qualis just reminds me of the car.

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  5. It's commonly known as the Rangoon Creeper or the Drunken Sailor here.

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  6. What a great congregation of Q's and a great story!
    HelenMac
    ABC Team

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  7. Wow excellent post. And may I ask does these jasmine smells sweet? The second photo I have seen that a lot in the Philippines. ^_^

    ABC

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  8. Thanks a quadrillion for the info!

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  9. A funky and cool name for such a pretty flower. Loved how you teased us at the beginning. Lovely photo X 2. genie

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  10. Czegoś się dowiedziałam o tym ślicznym kwiatku.Dziękuję. Pozdrawiam

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  11. Wonderful post! Thoroughly enjoyed it! What a fun meme!

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  12. What a fun post! And a lovely looking flower.

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  13. I love this flower and have one in a large pot but am afraid to put it in the ground. It takes over.

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