Thursday, June 12, 2008

Plantastic! (Some Bizarre Flowers)


Bulbophyllum medusae: an orchid named after Medusa. Native to Malay Peninsula, Thailand and Borneo.


Passifloraceae: there are over 500 known species of this flowering vine. This varietal produces both the Passion Fruit (delicious) and the Passion Flower. Native to tropical regions around the globe.


Aristolochia Trilobata, one form of over 500 species of Aristolochia, this one also known as Dutchman's Pipe vine, so named for the shape of the bloom. Native to Australia.


Nepenthes flower: a shrubby variety (out of over 120 known varieties) of a Pitcher Plant, sometimes called a Monkey Cup. Bugs get caught in the pitcher, and the plant dissolves them and synthesizes their proteins. Native to southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Madagascar.


Clerodendrum trichotomum: Glorybower, Bagflower and Bleeding-heart. Some varieties, like this one, are also called Peanut Butter Plants or Peanut Butter Trees after the distinct Peanut Butter smell of the blooms. Native to southeast Asia, West Africa and northern Australia.


Tacca Chantrierei: Bat flower, Cat's whiskers or Devil flower. Native to southeast Asia.


Rafflesia flower. One of many varieties of Rafflesia from Indonesia. Sometimes called the Corpse Flower, after it's carrion-like smell, but not to be confused with Amorphophallus titanum (see below). Native to southeast Asia.


Tital Arum or Amorphophallus titanum (which translates in Ancient Greek to "giant misshapen penis"): also known as "Corpse Flower" for it's lovely aroma, this is a big, honking, stinky flower that blooms once every 6 to 10 years, and the bloom is only open for between 24 and 48 hours.

2 comments:

BJK said...

nice post! the nepenthes has always been one of my favorites.

this should be a regular feature. any suggestions for a name?

Bizarre Flowers said...

Some times natures creativity looks like something odd. Like Amorphophallus titanum.