This ornamental flowering plant is among the showiest of the Tacca chantrieri plant family (part of the yam family). Common names are Black Bat Flower, Bat Head Lily, Devil Flower, Cat’s Whiskers and Tacca chantrieni.
Originally the Black Bat flower plant grew and still does grow wild in the tropical forests of Yunnan Province, in South China. Even prior to blooming, it resembles sleeping bats hanging downward from their roost.
Vetches and passion flowers have modified some of their leaves and converted them into tendrils. These grope around in space until they touch the stem of another plant and swiftly coil around it. The tendrils then coil and pull the plant up towards the sunlight.
drosera capensis ‘broad leaf’
This is Eranthis hyemalis - in my garden, near Copenhagen
In Denmark and the UK, Eranthis hyemalis (or “Winter Aconite”)begins to emerge as early as January.
Eranthis are native to Southern Europe, Asia, and Japan, and naturalised throughout Europe, due to their popularity as an ornamental plant. They are a herbaceous perennial in the Ranununculaceae (Buttercup) family.
They can survive, unscathed, from complete snow cover. The plants last 2-3 months, and then proceed to die down. Eranthis grow from small tubers that multiply under the soil, or, from seed. A seeded plant takes roughly three years before it flowers.
My Christmas present, Amaryllis has budded up.
The Serpent Gourd flower(Trichosanthes cucumerina). T cucumerina is a tropical or subtropical vine The gourd is popular in Southern India and Southeast Asia. It comes in various colors, sizes and shapes, growing to as long as 6 feet, and in Asia is often seen with a rock tied to the tip to keep it growing straight. Shoots and leaves are also eaten as a vegetable. The Snake Gourd has a very strange flower that opens at night
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Ficus elastica. A better view of the cutting I got the other day
Ficus elastica. Una vista mejor del esqueje que recogí el otro día