Sunday, December 06, 2009

White Bat Flower

White Bat Flower
Tacca nivea
(TAK-kah) (NIV-ee-uh)
Synonyms: Bat Head Lily, Devil's Whiskers

This is the strangest flower I have seen blooming in quite a while. It was flowering in the Wave Hill Conservatory last week. These pictures were taken with the Nikon Coolpix P6000. The close up was taken with in the macro mode, which allows for extreme close focusing (less than an inch, 0.8 cm).

There wasn’t a whole lot of information on the internet about this flower. It does seem to grow from seed as there were several sites offering seeds. Apparently this white form is a little more rare that the black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri).

Here is a link to the best web page I found on Tacca:

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Quilt Works said...

Digital Flowers is my favorite flower blog. I look forward to seeing what you selected every visit! I am never disappointed.

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Chubskulit Rose said...

Looks exotic!

Here's my share for Today's Flower.

Petite Splendours said...

Very special and very pretty!

Unknown said...

Very unusual flower and name. :)

SandyCarlson said...

That flower looks like it wants to say something. Neat color, too.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I agree with you, a most interesting bloom. Wonder who its pollenators are?