Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Beauty in an Elephant's Ear?

Well, not literally an ELEPHANT's ear. This is a picture of the large tropical vine that is one of many plants commonly referred to as an "elephant's ear." I think it's a species of Philodendron (philo - to love; dendro - trees; aka tree lover). In any case, after all those years in Hawaii, I never saw one bloom. They were huge, literally covering giant banyans but bore no flowers. So, here I am walking down the street and I see this giant, totally awesome flower off of this Elephant's Ear growing on a telephone pole! Go figure. The flower was worth the wait. They are HUGE and very dramatic.

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