Congea tomentosa: Shower Orchid

Congea tomentosa is a large tropical evergreen vine, commonly referred to as Wooly Congea, Shower Orchid, or Shower of Orchid [despite the name, it is not related to orchids at all]. The actual flowers are tiny and inconspicuous, but they are borne in the center of three showy white or violet 1 inch [2.5 centimeter] long bracts that look like velvety propellers.

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It produces sprays of white flowers backed by bracts. The bracts gradually change through pink, lavender and finally gray over the course of several weeks.

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Photos: MtF, Singapore 20100314

Source: Wikipedia

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