Flower of the Tiger’s Jaw

tigers_jaw_flower(click for larger view.)

The title of the post sounds like I’m about to talk about a new film by Zhang Yimou, or by Wisit Sasanatieng, but I’m not. Just wanted to share this lovely flower that emerges in the second half of the day in a sea of “tiger jaw” succulent leaves. The Tiger’s Jaw (faucaria tigrina) cactus plant* produces them from time to time (usually only one or two at a time) and it is always a delight to see them… they stay closed for the first part of the day and then emerge for a late show, and do this for a few days before being spent. Then I wait until the next time. Beauty enhanced by (relative) rarity, once again.


*Frankly, Velociraptor’s Jaw might be a better name…

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23 Responses to Flower of the Tiger’s Jaw

  1. Mark Peifer says:

    Lovely! I have some mystery mixed succulents I inherited from someone who moved and I still remember the first time one of them flowered, with this extravagant, giant flower that just seemed to appear out of nowhere–magical.

  2. Clifford says:

    Yes, it’s that sudden appearance of an odd flower, and then the short duration, or disappearance, that really makes it so magical…

  3. Mark Peifer says:

    Thanks for stimulating my curiosity about my mystery flow–after some google detective work I I think it was a Stapelia. This is especially delightful as the milkweed family is my favorite plant family.