Rainbow Plants and Rainbow Animals


Rainbow Trees

And so I thought I was having a kindergarten, cartoon thought when I said to myself: What about rainbow trees? Then I looked it up and found there is such a thing as a rainbow tree.

In California, where I did most of my growing up we had a strong smelling tree that seemed to be shedding bark all the time. We were told it was a Eucalyptus tree and that it was from Australia. They where strong smelling trees that had an odor reminiscent of Vick's vapor run but the odor was definitely not Vick's.

Well it turns out that the rainbow trees are Eucalyptus trees that grow in Hawaii. When the bark peels different colored layers are revealed and thus you have your rainbow tree.


Flying Rainbows

Few things in nature are more colorful than tropical birds. They are living rainbows.

There are times in nature when anything brightly colored is also deeply poisonous. Given the number of folks who have owned various varieties of tropical birds without keeling over and dying I do not think that the natural coloration is a warning to predictors in this case but rather an advertisement to mates and possible a challenge to rivals. Given how easy the birds are to see with these colors, you would think that their predators must be color blind.


Eat the Rainbow

If you look around the internet you can probably find someone who will sell you seeds for rainbow colored grapes.

While the grapes are ripening it is certainly possible to get a range of colors. However, in general, when all the grapes are ripe they will be one hue.

So don't let some make you think you are going to put ripe rainbow grapes on your dinner table. If you do so, some will be ripe and some will not be ripe. I don't think you guests are looking for that kind of culinary experience.


Wet Rainbows

Certainly some of the smaller brightly colored sea creatures like snails are probably poisonous and their coloration is a warning.

For other denizens of the deep it depends. Some fish with iridescent scales may be harder for their prey to see from below.

For other brightly colored fish they may be advertising sexual maturity or telling rivals: You don't want any of this. Some believe that certain fish create a pecking or social order by the coloration.

Painted Grasshoppers

I came across two kinds of painted grasshoppers. Though they are brightly colored and this causes some animals and even humans to avoid them, I found nothing to indicate that they are dangerously poisonous. Still, why practice bad habits. It is best to develop a tendency to avoid anything that is small and brightly colored because it can so often be bad news. So we will give these little fellows wide berth though they may mean us no harm.


Rainbow Roses

If someone tries to sell you seeds for rainbow roses they are probably no more real than Jack's magic beans.

Rainbow roses themselves are real. What's not real is the notion that you can grow them from seed. Actually, you need to infuse a regular rose with some dye while it growing to get that rainbow effect.

To my knowledge, you cannot grow rainbow roses from rainbow rose seeds because there is no such thing.

Rainbow Eucalyptus

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A beautiful hub! The photos are extraordinary. voted up, useful and interesting.

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

DDE I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for dropping by. Have a blessed day!

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, my, what a lovely hub here full of nature's rainbows! I have never heard of such trees, but they are certainly stunningly beautiful as all our your choices of rainbows in nature.

I enjoyed reading here. Thank you for sharing about the rainbow trees and other interesting creatures and love the rainbow grapes too.

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justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas

Great concept! Nicely done and nicely presented! :D Voted up and awesome!

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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Some of the colours found in nature just blow me away. I did a few scuba dives and the range of colours was just incredible. Love birds and macaws are truly flying rainbows. Great hub, beautiful images. The moment I saw the rainbow tree, I thought 'Eucalyptus' glad I was correct. :)

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Faith Reaper, thank you so much for so many blessings! You be sure to have a blessed day as well.

Suzanne, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. If one is going to be obsessed about something, you have to admit, rainbows are not a bad thing to be obsessed with.

tobusiness, I envy your scuba diving. I did some snorkeling once and even there the colors of tropical undersea life are astonishing.

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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

If you can paint a rainbow, I wonder how you do? I would think the would fall from the sky and make a rainbow you.

I love this, Voted up, UABI and shared.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Thank you Shyron! May you be richly blessed today and every day.

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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Anything that reminds me of the rainbow fascinates me - birds, fish, plants. Did you know we refer to South Africa as the 'Rainbow Nation' - a word coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe the many different races in the country.


Beautiful, colourful hub!

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

What a vibrant, beautiful hub! Very creative, too!

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

When I saw your first photo I thought it was the bark of a crape myrtle tree which can look similar. We have smelled those eucalyptus trees in California. If they are grown with adjacent vineyards, the grapes actually take on a slight eucalyptus flavor tone. Very colorful photos and an interesting hub. Will G+ this and share with my HP followers.

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Martie: Happy Rainbows to you!

FlorishAnyway: I am glad you enjoyed the hub.

Peggy: I shall have to pay closer attention to my crape myrtle. It may house hidden secrets I did not notice before.

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OldRoses 2 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

I would love to see rainbow trees in person. When I first saw a photo of them online, I thought it was a hoax. Interesting hub. Voted up and shared.

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

OldRoses I look forward to trying to see those trees in Hawaii if I ever go.

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Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

This is such a fascinating hub. I really enjoyed all of the beautiful pictures. Nature is so amazing and beautiful.

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Joyfulcrown, thanks for spreading the joy!

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Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

So beautiful, all the pictures. Thank you for sharing them. Even though all the pictures were so beautiful, the multi colored insect was very interesting.

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

I am glad you enjoyed the pictures Rachel. It's not every day when you can come across a bug that you like!

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MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

Beautiful photography. I truly enjoyed your hub. And, I sure do wish I could get my hands on some rainbow colored rose seeds... just kidding, I know there is no such thing, but if I could buy them, I would. What a treat for the eyes they would be, if there were such a thing.

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

MarleneB, I could sell you some rainbow rose seeds. I could re-gift you the pebbles they sold my wife. At least I think they were some kind of inanimate matter. I tried heat, cold, wet, dry, summer, winter, spring fall, even hydrogen peroxide (don't ask) and nothing, nada, zilch came of it. Every other seed I played with at least sprouted. My wife's rainbow rose seeds did nothing--let me take that back, I think I saw some mold growing around them in one of my unsuccessful experiments.

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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very cool Hub! You help to prove that the world is a really, really beautiful place.

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by Rebecca. I am glad you enjoyed the hub!

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sgbrown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I love your hub! I wonder if a eucalyptus tree would grow here in southern Oklahoma, probably not. I would love to have my own "rainbow tree"!

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

SGBrown, even if your own private rainbow did not thrive outdoors, I wonder if you could grow it in miniature indoors?

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SheilaMilne 2 years ago from Kent, UK

I love your rainbows, except perhaps the slimy ones!

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Thanks for dropping by Sheila. Slimy rainbows need love too!

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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida


This was a picturesque rainbow journey. I enjoyed it all--- it was so relaxing watching the video and all the picture.

The rainbow rose soars and I would love to grow one.

Thanks and have a wonderful new week.

I will share with Twitter and pin on my re-pin board.

Bobbi Purvis

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

The week is certainly starting out nice Bobbi Purvis since you dropped by. I'm glad you enjoyed the rainbows. Be blessed.

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swilliams 2 years ago from Arizona

I love the vibrant pictures. You have an eye for such vivid images. Great job awesome colors! I love rainbows, I am in awe of an all knowing pressence that has the ability to bodly create such beautiful art, a far cry within a man-made illusion. Voted up!

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

SWilliams thanks for dropping by and may you know the joys of rainbows for all the days of your life.

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CherylsArt 2 years ago from West Virginia

I love rainbows. It's interesting to see a variety of rainbow colored things.

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Cheryl I am glad you found the rainbows entertaining. Have a blessed day!

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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey

What beautiful pictures. I never heard of a rainbow tree before. It's breathtaking.

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Hello Jean. I am glad you enjoyed the rainbows.

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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

I didn't know that about the eucalyptus... very interesting! All these beautiful God-created plants and creatures made me smile! Nice hub! ~Cynthia

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Glad you enjoyed the hub Cynthia. I think we are blessed with rainbows all around us.

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MelRootsNWrites 2 years ago from California

I only recently heard of rainbow trees, so I was surprised to find them in your article. Isn't it amazing the colors that nature produces?

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

MelRootsNWrites it is amazing to see the beauty that is all around us. Even in winter a bright red cardinal visits me from time to time.

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DaphneDL 2 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

Nature provides us with such an amazing array of gorgeous colors! I loved the rainbow grape pods, and have never seen a rainbow grasshopper. Now I want a rainbow eucalyptus in my yard! Thanks for sharing the amazing photos!!

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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Daphne, I think we all want a rainbow tree in our yards. Guess I have to break the news to the wife that we have to move to Hawaii so we can have a rainbow tree!

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mary615 23 months ago from Florida

What a beautiful Hub! I love all the colors we find in nature. One of my children gave me a Blue Orchid which is very rare. I wrote Hub about that! Another amazing creature is the Chameleon that changes his colors.

Voted this UP, etc. and shared.

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poetryman6969 23 months ago Author

Hello Mary. I am happy you liked the hub. Have a colorful day!

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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

so artistic colors of the parrots and trees

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poetryman6969 23 months ago Author

Thanks for dropping by peachpurple. I am glad you liked the rainbows.

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Marina7 23 months ago from Clarksville TN

So beautiful!!

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poetryman6969 23 months ago Author

Hello Marina. I am glad we share a love of rainbow creatures.

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PinoyMom 23 months ago from Philippines

I love rainbow colors too. I love the pictures.

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poetryman6969 23 months ago Author

Hello PinoyMom. I am glad you like the rainbow colored images. Have a blessed day!

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Sylvestermouse 22 months ago from United States

What an awesome way to look at the birds and fish! I shall never see them the same way again. I do love rainbows. Oh, and I actually saw a painted bark tree in Hawaii. I thought it was fabulous!

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poetryman6969 22 months ago Author

Hello Sylvestermouse. I am glad you enjoyed the hub.

I live across from a lake. One of the more startling things that happens once in a while is a bright red cardinal that comes over to the water hose to let me know who's the boss.

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Vellur 21 months ago from Dubai

Great hub and beautiful photos! Nature has beautiful rainbows to offer in many forms. The tree looks amazing and so do the birds!

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poetryman6969 21 months ago Author

Hello Nithya Venkat (Vellur). Sometimes it seems there are rainbows everywhere you look in nature.

Have a blessed day!

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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany

Wow! This is indeed a beautiful hub. I have not heard or seen a Rainbow tree. The photos and the video are lovely. Thanks for this information. Voted this up, useful and beautiful.

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poetryman6969 20 months ago Author

Thanks for dropping by Thelma. I am glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate the thumbs up.

Be blessed!

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