Purple Stripes Up Top

It’s like a little mystery.

What plant could possible have purple stripes up top?

It’s much smaller than you might think. (About the size of a lime – rather small for this type of flower.)

Surprise!

It’s a flower on my (little) White Bat Plant – Tacca integrifolia.

Aww, it’s so cute.

It has a larger stalk than the flower that emerged back in November.

That flower appeared at the base of the plant and I thought it had no stalk at all.

Viewed from the side, you can clearly see the (brownish) stalk. 

But it’s still small and I feel the plant needs to mature further to produce larger flowers.

Viewed from the other side.

It took a very long time for this plant to flower (17 months) and this is only the second flower to appear.  By contrast, it’s almost as if my Black Bat Plant, which is much older (and larger), flowers continuously.  At the moment, it has seven buds emerging and I’m sure it will look spectacular when they open.


This is my next entry in Becky’s Square in April photo challenge Tops.

Author: Clare

Ever expanding one star at a time, my cosmos is a galaxy of thoughts and creativity where you can find poetry, short stories, photography and so much more.

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