Sunday, November 13, 2011

Today's flowers: bat lily

This very unique flower quietly blooms in the forest. The name is  Tacca integrifolia,  also called bat lily, or known as Purple or White Bat Flower, They look like a big curious bat with their petals and sepals curved to the outside. 
It is one of the most original plants in the jungles of South-East Asia, In Singapore it can be spotted in our Central Nature Reserves, as well as in Bukit Batok Nature Park,  Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.






According to some articles,  a relative of the bat lily that can also be found in Singapore is the seashore bat lily (Tacca leontopetaloides). This species grows in coastal forests. But I have not seen them yet.



(The two pictures show the flowers in half bloom).
Since this plant is adapted to growing in the shady understorey of forests, so I don't think it is easy to grow at home, it is hard to provide them such a dark damp area in our home garden, it will a great challenge for whoever want to grow it as flowering plants.
Picture shown on the left above from wikipedia is Tacca chantrieri,  it is another species of bat lily, with black flower, I am not sure if it can be found in Singapore, one of the rarest plants with this colour.


I still remembered the feeling first time I saw the blooming bat lily, the most bizarre, alien looking flowers I have ever seen, especially with its hairy appendices. It is just so wonderful, unique and elegant.  
The close up of the flower as shown on my header

7 comments:

Carver said...

I'm not familiar with the bat lily. It's a very unusual and attractive flower. Great shots!

SquirrelQueen said...

I just commented on the Today's Flowers page asking about this flower. It is beautiful but something I have never seen before. Great photos.

Denise said...

I've never seen anything like this flower, so exotic looking. Thank you for being our guest friend and sharing these with us. I have really enjoyed them.

Jama said...

They are so gorgeous!I've never seen them before, thanks for sharing them here.

Arija said...

These are fantastic flowers and great shots as well.Really nice of you to post these wonders so we can all share in their beauty.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Wow, this is really remarkable. I've never seen anything like it. Thank you for this! Quite beautiful.

JT said...

In your article, you were wondering if Tacca chantrieri (Black Bat Lily) can be found in Singapore. The good news is that it is fairly common. They can be found growing freely under the trees in Bishan Park 2.