Every year it astounds

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tacca integrifolia, the white bat flower, is so amazing that I find myself photographing it annually. Its whiskers are bracts, its bracts are elegant, and its flowers are other-worldly. Come by the Conservatory and see for yourself.

Tacca integrifolia, showing large
and narrow bracts around the
dark purple flowers.

The stigma is surrounded by
six anthers, which conceal
the pollen.