Spooky Flowers for Halloween

Halloween is here!

You might already wore that night creeping costumes and those spooky flavor food in your kitchen. But as we continue our Halloween celebration you might also want to glimpse at these spooky plants to get you in the mood.

Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii)

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The ghost orchid is so-called due to the form of the leafless plant that consists only of a network of thin roots wrapped around the host branch; the flowers borne on spikes arising from the root network appear to be suspended in the forest air. The white flower also explains this species’ other common name of ‘frog orchid’; as the elongated lip petal resembles the back legs of a jumping frog.

The Ghost Orchid of the Florida swamps blooms only a few months each year. The plant is extremely endangered and has long been the desire of collectors, leading to poaching that threatens the continued existence of this spooky flower.

Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)

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Native to southern parts of Asia, bat flower (Tacca spp.) has shiny, bright green leaves. It blooms on a stem from the center of the plant, with a cluster of purple flowers in the center. This member of the Lily family is known for its unusual black flowers, which to some people resemble a bat in flight. Other common names include Cat’s Whiskers and Devil Flower. Above these flowers are two bracts (leaves that resemble flower petals) that look like bat wings. Numerous threadlike bracteoles hang from the flowers resembling 8-10 inch long whiskers.

 This plant is considered a collector’s item and can be difficult to find in garden centers, but is sometimes sold as a specialty item around Halloween.

Fascinatingly, some scientists believe that this plant may have cancer-fighting properties, and research is underway.

Devil’s Hand Tree (Chiranthodendron pentadactylon)

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This species is native to Guatemala and southern Mexico. The unusual appearance of the ‘hands’ has stimulated cultivation in gardens around the world, primarily in North America where it grows well near its native range. The common name of this tree is certainly easy to understand!  The distinctive flowers appear in late spring and early summer; the five stamens are long, curved upward, and bright red had made it Devils hand.

Medusa Orchid (Bulbophyllum medusae)

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Bulbophyllum medusae is a small orchid with white flowers resembling an explosion of fireworks a well as straight falling hair .It is an epiphytic orchid with pseudo-bulbs of 3-4 cm and a creeping rhizome.

Synonyms: Cirrhopetalum medusae, Phyllorkis medusae

Origin: South-East Asia

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