White Bat Flower

25 10 2011

I photographed this exotic White Bat Flower (Tacca integrifolia), originating from Southeast Asia, in the conservatory at the U.S. Botanic Garden. This is undoubtedly the oddest-looking flower I’ve ever photographed! A tender tropical perennial, it is actually part of the yam family (Dioscoreaceae). Learn more about this unusual plant here.

From what I’ve read, they’re a bit challenging to grow. Learn more details here.

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4 responses

26 10 2011
Betty Londergan

How totally bizarre!! You find the most exotic stuff — I LOVE it!!!

28 10 2011

It’s got a face only a mother could love.

28 10 2011
Coco Rivers

Wow! That’s bugged out. I thought the Cobra flower was weird. Really cool 🙂

31 10 2011

That blossom is plumb damn scary. No reasonably sane adult or child would dare get near it. Rather than a bat’s face I see a tiger, albeit it a very small purple tiger, ready to explode from its lair to get dinner. Its rounded ears, its nose and its close-set eyes are clearly outlined, as are its white facial markings on cheeks and upper lip, and its mouth is wide open revealing its needle-pointed fangs.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. That’s a great shot. I couldn’t have done any better myself. Of course if I tried I would use my telephoto lens.

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