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.
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
Tacca chantrieri. This plant is pollinated by bats.
Date: 22 June 2006, 12:04
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White Bat Flower (Tacca integrifolia)
Orchid with Green Veins
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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
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.
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Date: 25 March 2012, 15:03
Source: Jade vine
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.”
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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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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.
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English: spiderlily, The flower which colors Japanese autumn
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.”
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Old Man Cactus (Cephalocereus senilis) flowers – Southern California – Spring 2010
Date: 23 March 2010, 16:27
Source: Old Man Cactus