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Tiger's Whiskers

Tiger's Whiskers
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-27
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Penang
Theme(s): Flower(purple/violet) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-22 21:37
Viewed: 6756
Points: 22
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Tiger's Whiskers
(Black Bat Flower, Cat's Whiskers, Devil Flower)
Tacca chantrieri

Tacca chantrieri, called the devil flower, no doubt, from the malevolent way the eyes in the bloom seem to be following your every move! It grows to about 2ft. in height with flowers complete with filaments or whiskers 12in. long forming a flowing forked tail. Tacca chantrieri is native to Southeast Asia. The purple-black flower looks somewhat like a flying bat, a sinister face or a mean cat with lots of whiskers. Bat Plant usually blooms in late summer and early fall.

This photo was taken at the Butterfly Sanctuary in Penang.

My Malaysia Travelogue


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-22 21:44]

Hello Manyee

What an unusual and exotic looking specimen.Very well focused and presented.The lighting is well done and the colours are rich and well saturated.Very good POV.I have never seen this plant before ,TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-22 22:12]

Hello Manyee,
What a fascinating and beautiful flower! Great sharpness and lovely colours. Very nice to see its sharp leaves beyond the whiskers! I like the contrasting leaves (Bamboo?) in the backround too. Excellent composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Manyee,

Amazing flower, very good photo, with a good light and details. Very good composition, too.
Nice work.
Best regards, Cezar T.

Wow, what a beauty. A beautiful shot of this flower. The composition is wonderful.
Best wishes,

Hi Manyee,

I have never seen this before. I like it; it is quite unusual. You have captured it very nicely, with good detail on the flower. I like the composition if the picture as well. Well done.


Hi ManYee,
What a wonderful flower. I've never seen it before. I love the dark purple color and how the color slowly tranfers to an almost white. The roots that do look like whiskers are very stunning.
Superb exposure and sharpness. Looks like you used the flash perfectly.

Hi Manyee,
Splendid shot!
Very good colors and sharpness.
Excellent details of this exuberant flower.
Incredible visual effect!
Thanks for sharing!
Josť Roberto

A most unusual flower! Startling colours and excellent composition

Maybe we should put a comb to that hair on the flower! LOL!
Interesting flower, full color and nice positioning!


  • Betty Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 10] (186)
  • [2007-08-23 9:00]

Hi Manyee,

what a nice plant! Colours are very nicely captured, might be a bit too dark though. Well composed and framed. great job,
tfs, Betty

That is an amazing plant and a wonderful photo of it. The exposure, sharpness and color are perfect. The crop and presentation look just right to me.

Evelynn ; )

This is so interesting Maynee. You often show us some rare and unusual specie and this one is no exception. I have never seen such a flower ;) Its shape is amazing and this is a good capture of it with nice colors and details. Thanks,

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