A great big flower!
My sister bought this Giant Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia gigantea) about a month ago. It soon developed a flower, which finally opened today. It's about nine inches long and smells a bit like lemon furniture polish. A couple of days before it opened In my mom's hands for scale From behind Unsupported Close-up. It's got a lovely velvety texture around the opening Some Empress Louisas fighting for space at a sap leak My favorite species of butterfly, the Question Mark