November 1, 2009

Hototogisu (Tricyrtis hirta) flowers in Tokei-ji temple

The little flowers of "Hototogisu" were illuminated brightly by sunlight streaming through the bushes of the garden.

The term "Hototogisu" originates from a bird name. A "Hototogisu" (Cuculus poliocephalus) bird, which has a chest with a beautiful polka-dotted pattern, sings a courtship song passionately in the midnights of early summer. This bird is traditionally considered as a poetical material for Japanese classic literature.

The flowers and leaves of this plant have a polka-dotted pattern similar to that of the bird and, because of this similarity, this plant is called "Hototogisu".

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