Pelican Flower Facts
- The Pelican Flower serves as the common name for the Aristolochia grandiflora. About 120 known species of Aristolochia exist worldwide.
- This flower represents the largest of these, and, in fact, its bloom forms one of the largest flowers on earth – next to the phenomenal Rafflesia Arnoldii.
- This plant species is also famous for its unique method of reproduction: it does not rely upon bees for its reproductive process.
- The large blooms produce a scent that smells strongly reminiscent of rotting meat. Just imagine that. Its powerful scent attracts huge numbers of flies and it is exactly these flies who become covered in the pollen of the Pelican Plant and transmit it to others. Nature is so clever.
Pelican Flower Physical Characteristics
The remarkable Pelican Flower produces individual flowers of great size and roughly heart-shaped. They grow as wide as roughly 8 in (20 cm) and display downward pointing tails as much as 24 in (60 cm) in length.
The blooms of the Pelican Flower also generally show white and green, with purple to brown veins running through them. The interior of the flower is much darker than the rest of the bloom. The leaves may be as much as 9.8 in (25 cm) wide.
Species: A. grandiflora
Pelican Flower Distribution and Habitat
This extremely large and rather smelly herbaceous plant most commonly grows in highly moist lowland regions in its natural habitat range. More specifically, it generally appears near gullies and streams within tropical forests.
In the United States, it was introduced to attract butterflies.