Technically called Aristolochia salvador platensis, “Darth Vader Flower” just rolls off the tongue. The plant originates in the humid climates of Central America.
There is good reason behind the conspicuous shape and purple patterning of the flowers. This because they are intended to both look and smell like rotting flesh, something they achieve with nauseating excellence.
This mimicry has evolved in order to attract its insect pollinators.
The membrane at the back of the 'eye sockets' is extremely thin and allows light through. These act like a tiny windows and attracts pollinating insects which fly towards this creamy light.
Source: Natural Selection
All the pictures on this blog and social networks belong to their respective authors and proper credits are given. Photos are used for illustrative and educational purposes only.
Todas las fotografías de este blog y redes sociales son propiedad de sus respectivos autores, se mencionan los respectivos créditos. Estas fotos son únicamente utilizadas con fines ilustrativos y educativos.
Sofia Martinez Vilalpando