Heart in Nature: Calico Flower

June 1, 2009 at 5:00 am 5 comments

This heart in nature is a Calico Flower from the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden in Washington, DC. The photograph is courtesy of Flickr user oddlittlebird.

Calico Flower (Photograph courtesy of oddlittlebird.)

The Calico Flower is pollinated by flies. It is in a  flower’s best interest to smell like something attractive to its pollinators. And so, this beautiful heart with its fractal-like patterns has an unexpected smell.

Rotting meat.


Entry filed under: Hearts in Nature, Nature.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gasstationdave  |  June 1, 2009 at 10:28 am

    that is absolutely gorgeous, save for maybe the rotting meat olfactory aspect.

  • 2. Kristina Rosenbaum  |  June 1, 2009 at 10:39 am

    A specimen of the world’s biggest flower was on a tour through my favorite garden (Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL) and it, too, has a smell like rotting meat. It also has a wicked cool name: the amorphophallus titanum (you have to look it up to believe the translation).

  • 3. tgaw  |  June 1, 2009 at 10:53 am

    @Kristina – Haha– looked it up on Wikipedia. That is a great name for that flower!

  • 4. HokieMelne  |  June 1, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I really enjoy the ‘Heart in Nature’ genre you share on here. This is a beautiful flower. Thanks to technology, I can enjoy this flower’s beauty without having to endure it’s odor.

  • 5. tgaw  |  June 1, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    @HokieMelne – Isn’t technology grand? 🙂 I am glad you enjoy the series! Hope you and the kids are well!


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