Monday, July 15, 2013

Giant Pelican flower - beautiful and weird

When I first saw the exotic Giant Pelican flower or Brazilian Dutchman's Pipe (also known as Aristolochia gigantea), I was awed by the beauty and its weirdness. 

The vine looks delicate but can grow to heights. The leaves are heart-shaped, resembles the leaves of Tinospora cordifolia (Amruthaballi). I read that the flowers have a lemony fragrance; however, for me, the flower and the whole vine seemed weird. 

I just couldn't coax myself to buy the vine; the flower had managed to scare me. :-)



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Asha

16 comments:

  1. Very attractive flower. any idea where we can buy this?

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    1. Yes; had planned to write a follow-up article about the nursery. Will do so soon.

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    2. Omg I have this all in my backyard and just recently i placed a picture on facebook asking if anyone knew what that thing was lol and now its an exotic flower. Wow good thing i didnt tear the vine off my fence.

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    3. Keep the plant, Sara! It's an exotic variety :)

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  2. I suppose it is beautiful in its own weird way. :)

    One small request, please get rid of the word verification. It is really a pain.

    The blogger option "Registered User - includes OpenID" can keep the spammers away.

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    1. All creations of Nature are beautiful! There is beauty in weirdness too. :D

      Yes; removed word verification. (Not tested yet.)

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  3. I have seen Dutchman's pipe once, and you are so right about it being weird but wonderful!! I love the colour and patterning of the blossom!

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    1. Mother Nature is such a splendid artist! :)

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  4. Wow, that's a wonderful flower!!! Great photos.

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  5. OMG this is a beauty!! How did you get this plant? I am fascinated by how the flower looks. Oh I am so envious that you are growing this vine in your garden.

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    1. It is, isn't it? I am not yet growing this vine; need to plan space, and then grow.

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  6. Dutchman's pipe are truly awesome flowers ! Bit scary but wonderful too. I tried to grow them from seed but guess what ! Not one of them came through, despite receiving 5 start treatment !

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    1. Would love to grow the vine at our garden, some day. I wonder how my kittens would react to the flower (just thinking aloud). :)

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