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Walking Iris



The flowers emerge from what appears to be just another leaf, but is really a flower stalk structured to look like the other leaves; they are 5-10 cm diameter, and closely resemble Iris flowers. Also, they are very fragrant flowers that last for a short period of time, often only 18 hours. After pollination, the new plantlet appears where the flower emerged and the stalk continues to grow longer. The weight of the growing plantlet causes the stalk to bend toward the ground, allowing the new plantlet to root away from its parent. This is how it obtained the common name of "Walking Iris". The other common name "Apostle Plant" comes from the belief that the plant will not flower until the individual has at least 12 leaves, the number of apostles of Jesus.


Mérida, Venezuela


They are also called Apostle Plant.

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YucefMerhi 9 years ago

Thank you, DilekCifci!

Dilek Cifci
Dilek Cifci 9 years ago

Amazing shots!

YucefMerhi 10 years ago

Noe and Pili, I am very glad that you like it!

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 10 years ago


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Mérida, Estado Mérida, Venezuela

Spotted on May 28, 2007
Submitted on Dec 1, 2011

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