Holy Flower, Batman

batflowerMy October flower illustration.

It’s a bat flower! The Tacca chantrieri’s common name comes from the fact it looks like a bat’s face or a bat in flight. Coloring varies from maroon to brown to black, but there is also a white species. The flowers have long whiskers trailing downward from the center. That doesn’t seem bat-like to me personally, but I won’t judge. The triangular parts in the center will open into smaller flowers, which make the plant look rather creepy to me. I read these are popular garden flowers, but there is very little information about them. They may or may not be orchids.

Have you ever seen these?  Do you get the title reference?

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13 Comments

  1. Wow–that's unusual! Never seen anything quite like it!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  2. I've never seen one but it's really beautiful in a strange and wonderful way.

  3. I've never seen one of these, and don't really get the bat reference. But it is very beautiful, and I love that color.

  4. I've never seen a flower like this, but I can see why it's called a bat flower. A perfect flower for Halloween week.

    Mason

    Thoughts in Progress

  5. Well, if that isn't the perfect flower for October, I don't know what is!

  6. Gorgeous picture. I've never seen this flower before, but it does look like a bat. I love bats, that's so cool.

  7. Nice illustration.
    However, you're asking the wrong dude about a flower.

  8. That is the coolest flower ever. Love it.

  9. That such an interesting flower! I've never heard of it before, nor have I seen it. But it is cool.

  10. That flower is weirdly stunning.
    I get the title reference. Am I that old?
    Holy wrinkles, Batman! You need some sunscreen!

  11. Wow, it's beautiful! I've never even heard of it!

  12. N. R. Williams said…
    I love the picture. You're a talented artist. I have never seen a bat flower before and I think you're correct, it does remind one of orchids. I definitely get the title, holy bat, it made me smile.

    There's a blog award waiting for you on my blog, come and snag it.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  13. Hilary Melton-Butcher said…
    Hi .. I've never seen or heard of this flower before .. but it is so pretty – if you can call a bat pretty! & I love the colour .. good photo – thanks .. Hilary

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