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Giant Bat Plant
Ever since I first heard about them I've always wanted to grow and flower the amazing bat plant. I think it's one of the most fabulous flowers ever to evolve! Not surprisingly, it's also hard to get and difficult to grow.
After years of looking, I did manage to find one at a rare plant nursery. It died. But as they say; never give up, never surrender!
The next plant I obtained was much more robust and became a shared project for my wife and I. We potted it and babied it for two years and it's finally flowered! That's me proudly beside the flower in Jan 2011. The flower has not fully opened yet as the white bracts will eventually rise up more like spread wings. I would have waited but the plant is in my family home on the Gold Coast and I have to get back to Winton and my dinosaurs. The flower can get bigger than this one I believe but the "whiskers" of mine are about 700 mm long and the white bracts are about 170 mm across in the photo. Still pretty big! There's also a smaller black species. I have one of those now too but it's still young and may not flower for a couple more years.