We have two of these Bat Plants that HofM has lovingly cared for - they are loving the rain. This is the bud & the flower is just starting to appear.
She reveals her glory - it is an amazing flower! Each of the middle bits will open & reveal stamens (I think that's what they are) The whiskers feel glorious.
Each one of those acorn shaped buds will also open as another piece of the flowers & it's a wonderful deep purple/red/black! The colour of the photo is pretty true. Such a complex flower.