China's Flora Tour: The grim beauty of windflower

The name Anemone is derived from the Greek word "anemoi", which means "wind" in English.

It's a genus of about 200 species of flowering plants, usually with long straight stems and small flowers in colors of white, blue, purple, and pink, among others.

Western cultures see the flower in a somewhat grim light.

In Greek mythology, the goddess Aphrodite had a love affair with mortal man Adonis. When Adonis was killed by jealous gods, Aphrodite's tears became the anemone flower. 

As a result, Western cultures tend to associate the flower with forsaken love.

Growing in temperate zones, it can be found in high mountains across China.

Yunnan Province in the country's southwest is a rich land of flora and fauna.

At least three species of Anemone can be found in its mountainous areas.


China's Flora Tour

From the wetlands along the coast to the dense rainforests hidden in the southwest, China boasts an array of plant species. In this series, we will go on a tour to learn about some of the most representative flora in different provinces and see how they live in harmony with the local geography and climate.

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China's Flora Tour: Fine jade flowers

China's Flora Tour: Lady's slipper orchids

China's Flora Tour: Camellia – queen of winter flowers

China's Flora Tour: Narcissus – a flower full of myths

China's Flora Tour: When pink grass meets China's pop culture

(All images via VCG; cover image designed by CGTN's Du Chenxin)

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