Dahlia, Dahlia hybrid.
Photographed on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
near the corner of West 81st street and Central Park West.
The Dahlia comprise 36 species within a genus of bushy, tuberous, perennial plants native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. Dahlia hybrids are commonly grown as garden plants, including the flower you see here. The Aztecs gathered and cultivated the dahlia for food, ceremony, and for decoration, and the long woody stem of one variety was used for small pipes.