Bird's Head Birthwort is an climbing shrub with large alternate, long
stalked leaves which are heart-shaped to kidney-shaped. Stipules are
prominently leaf-like. The flowers are singly borne on stalks 8-10 inches
long. The flower tube is divided into three parts. The lower pouch-like
part contains the style and stamens. The tube is suddenly inflated in the
upper quarter into the so-called bird's head. Two expansions are attached
to the head which may be termed the beak and the lip. The lip is 6 x 4 inches. Bird's Head
Birthwort is native to Brazil, but now cultivated widely. It flowers in
the rainy season.
Identification credit: R.K. Nimai Singh
Photographed at Yercaud, Salem, Tamilnadu.
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