This beloved FUUKIRAN's name is 'Seikai' 青海 or "Blue Ocean", inspired by the famous pattern known in Japanese as seikaiha 青海波, which literally means "blue wave of the sea". The plant belongs to mameba or bean-leaf group with its deeply curved leaves and compact growth habit. Tsuke is in the shape of the wave and is more rare than other forms of tsuke. This FUUKIRAN is admired not only for its leaves but also for its flowers, as the flowers it produces are most unique and bizarre. In light pink, they remind me a flock of flamingoes, occupied with their feathers cleaning. I have yet to enjoy my 'Seikai' in bloom, hopefully, in a few months, as the flowering spike have already started to emerge.
|Neofinetia falcata 'Seikai' 青海 displayed in a vintage Japanese pot with cloud feet (maker unknown)|
* The characteristics used are of the plants that I own