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.


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.


Photos: MtF, Singapore 20100314

Source: Wikipedia


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