I'm all ears & whiskers!  White Bat Flower - Tacca Integrifolia. by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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The Giant White Bat Flower ~ Tacca Integrifolia.

I finally got to see first hand, along with my southern visitors, this most unusual exotic flowering plant at the Flecker Botanic Gardens, Edge Hill, Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia.

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Technical Data
Pentax K10D 18-55mm F1:3.5-5.6
Focal length 40.0mm 1/45sec at F4.5 ISO 400
Date: 15.06.2011 Time 15:09:00 PM


  • Family: Taccaceae Native origin: India.
    The true flowers (below dorsals, centre) are like thick purple buttons and the huge whiskers hang from the flowers to about 600mm below.
  • Variations: the bracts are purple or pure white and the whiskers white or purple. The Giant Bat Plant has big broad broad glossy leaves 350mm across and 750mm long.

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~ “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key then another to cause vibration of the soul.”
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  • Sinclere
    Sinclereover 3 years ago

  • Awesome, thanks so much Sinclere for the work feature in This That and the Other Thing!

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Zefira
    Zefiraover 3 years ago

    they’re amazing aren’t they !

  • For sure Zefira. Seems nothing likes to eat/chew at them either!
    Been kept very busy at work so appreciate your visit and commenting, thanks. 8 )

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • karina5
    karina5over 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature which is well-deserved. It’s both a gorgeous flower and a great title. A fave. Karin

  • Appreciate your comments, thanks very much Karin and for the fave too. 8 )

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Awesome capture

  • Thanks very much Larry. They certainly are a unique plant.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch
    Kerryn Madsen-...about 3 years ago

    Greeting card

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaabout 3 years ago


  • I’m honoured Karen. Thanks so much for the work feature in the Pentax Ladies Group

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your Top 10 challenge win, beautiful work.

  • Thanks very much Andrea.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosabout 3 years ago

    Stunning image.Congrats………….Jan,28,2012…Jean

  • Thanks a lot Jean.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 2 years ago

    Well captured Kerryn !
    Aren’t they amazing plants … I first saw them at Singapore National Orchid Garden.

  • Thanks Trish. Yes indeed they are. For whatever reason they bring out the humour in me too! 8 )

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • EdsMum
    EdsMum10 months ago

    Congratulations – 24th March, 2014 – Shirley

    Comments Welcome HERE

  • Thankyou Shirley for the banner & notification. Much appreciated.
    Top Ten in ‘Enchanted Flowers’ Challenge ~ ‘Green for St.Patrick’s Day’ – 24/3/2014

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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