Odd Blooms

One of the reasons I enjoy spring and summer is having the opportunity to see a wide variety of flowers. While I do not get tired of seeing roses, tulips, and other common flowers during these seasons and throughout the year, I want to showcase some exotic, unusual flowers in this week’s post.

 Bat Flowers

According to Wikipedia, the bat flower is part of the genus Tacca and is “native to tropical regions of Africa, Australia, and south-eastern Asia.”

Source: “Tacca” – Wikipedia

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By Paul Fisk from Salt Lake City, UT, USA (bat flower) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Tacca chantrieri. This plant is pollinated by bats.

Date: 22 June 2006, 12:04

White bat flower.jpg

By Brocken Inaglory (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Description:

White Bat Flower (Tacca integrifolia)

Date: 2007

Orchid with Green Veins

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By Jason Hollinger (Green-Veined Chloraea Uploaded by Orchi) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Chloraea sp. 20081212.16 Volcan Quetrupillan, Chile

Yet another lovely species in the orchid genus Chloraea. It could be C. viridiflora based on a photo at chileflora.cl, or the “porcelain orchid” C. magellanica based on several other photos on-line. I can’t find a key to the genus anywhere.

Absolutely exquisite, isn’t it?

Date: 12 December 2007, 17:56

Source: Green-Veined Chloraea

 Jade Vine

The jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) is a native of the tropical forests of the Philippines and is closely related to beans such as the kidney bean.

Source: “Strongylodon macrobotrys” – Wikipedia

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By temporalata (Jade vine Uploaded by Magnus Manske) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Jade vine

Date: 25 March 2012, 15:03

Source: Jade vine

 Rafflesia arnoldii

According to Mother Nature Network, Rafflesia arnoldii “produces the largest individual flower in the world.” It is a foul-smelling flower, and it  “is considered one of the three national flowers in Indonesia, where it is a protected species.”

Source: “9 of the worst smelling flowers in the world” — Mother Nature Network

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By User:Rendra Regen Rais (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Rafflesia arnoldi

Round-Leaved Sundew

Wikipedia describes the round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) as “a carnivorous plant often found in bogs, marshes, and fens.” It is “one of the most widespread sundew species” and is “found in all of northern Europe, much of Siberia, large parts of northern North America, Korea, Japan and is also found on New Guinea.”

Source: Drosera rotundifolia – Wikipedia

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By Jason Hollinger (Round Leaf Sundew Uploaded by Amada44) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Drosera rotundifolia L. 20090629.3 Edgewood Blue, Wells Gray Park, BC

Date: 13 August 2009, 09:54

Source: Round Leaf Sundew

 Red Spider Lily

The red spider lily is known as the “flower of death” in Japan. The Tokyo Times outlines several legends surrounding this beautiful flower that blooms in autumn:

  • Poisonous to rodents and other wild animals, they were often planted in and around graveyards during Japan’s pre-cremation days to stop the dead being eaten. The beginning, perhaps, of their connection with death.
  • The name of the flower can also refer to ‘the other shore’; its bright colours said to guide souls into the afterlife. An aspect that presumably explains its use at funerals.
  • And if that wasn’t enough, another story is that red spider lilies bloom along the paths of departing lovers. Companions who for one reason or another are destined to never meet again.

Source: “The beauty of autumn’s red spider lily, Japan’s flower of death” — The Tokyo Times

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By Yasunori Koide (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Lycoris radiata
English: spiderlily, The flower which colors Japanese autumn
日本語: 彼岸花,ヒガンバナ,曼珠沙華,マンジュシャゲ

Date: September 2008

Old Man Cactus

Wikipedia describes this cactus as “native to Guanajuato and Hidalgo in eastern Mexico.” It is aptly named because its “most striking feature is the shaggy coat of long, white hairs suggestive of unkempt hair on an old man.”

“Cephalocereus senilis” – Wikipedia

Old Man Cactus (Cephalocereus senilis) flowers – Southern California – Spring 2010.jpg

By Catherine Snodgrass (Old Man Cactus) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Old Man Cactus (Cephalocereus senilis) flowers – Southern California – Spring 2010

Date: 23 March 2010, 16:27

Source: Old Man Cactus


4 thoughts on “Odd Blooms

    1. I am glad that you enjoyed the flowers. Most of the photos on my blog are from Wikimedia Commons and public domain sources. Thank you for your kind comments and for liking some of my other posts and my About page. 🙂


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