The world of plants is really surprising, and each of them is extraordinary in its own way. Seed pods that look like skulls. Chrysanthemums that look like spiders. Orchids with the appearance of a monkey. In the world of floristics, beauty is a common thing. But like most things in life, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I present to you the first part of the list of the strangest and unique flowers of the world!
Flower list (click to move directly to the flower):
1. Monkey Orchid (Dracula simia)
Two dark little eyes, fuzzy eyebrows, a furry little nose and beard gives striking similarity to the monkeys, which become even more pronounced when viewed from a distance. The face of the Orchid Monkey is a relatively young species, discovered in the late seventies. Due to the appearance of her flowers, she is often called a monkey orchid. The specific arrangement of the petals, pistil and stamens creates a combination similar to that of a monkey.
Occurs in South America, from southern Mexico to Peru. You can find it in the primeval rain forest. In a natural environment, it grows between 300 and 2,800 meters above sea level.
It grows in partial shade, in cool or medium temperatures. Cover the ground with bark or sphagnum, to maintain adequate moisture. Water regularly and leave the soil slightly moist
2. white batflower (Tacca integrifolia)
The white bat plant is one of the largest and most unusual flowers. These strange, small black flowers appear in clusters of twenty to forty and resemble the faces of bats, while the white bracts above resemble the ears of a bat.The plants can grow anywhere. They reach from 60 to 90 centimeters in height. Occurs in both black and white. The flower mustache also grows quite long, and sometimes even to the ground.
Growing Tacca Bat flowers is the best way to have very unusual flower – you can grow it indoors or out. Bat Flowers can be propagated from seeds, or plant rhizomes. They prefer light shade, making them good candidates for your shade garden. They are popular as indoors houseplants, grown in containers.
3. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis)
With over 25,000 different species of orchids on the planet, it’s no wonder that more than a few of them will hit my list. Orchid moth is actually the most popular type of orchid and is named because of its alleged resemblance to the moth in flight. It comes from Southeast Asia, the Philippines and northern Australia. It occurs in almost every color of the rainbow. So what exactly distinguishes her from her 24,999 siblings? Amazing ability of orchid moths. Multiple flowering when growing in optimal conditions.
4. Carrion flower (Rafflesia keithii)
If you’ve seen Dennis the ransom movie than you can forget this flower, for which blossoming Mr. Wilson waited almost 40 years. The rotting flower we are talking about now can only be found in the rain forests of Indonesia. Rotting Flower is a parasitic organism that has no visible leaves, roots and stems. You’re still wondering why it’s called a rotting flower? Let’s say you should not inhale his odor too deeply.
It reaches diameters of about one meter. It does not produce its own roots and leaves, it only parasites on plants related to vines. It can be found in the undergrowth of the virgin forest of Sumatra and Borneo. The red beauty lures the pollinating insects, emitting the smell of carrion (for this reason the inhabitants of Borneo call me a corpse flower). Blossoms, every few years after nine months of development. It is a rare plant, endangered due to the removal of the primary rainforests of Asia.
5. hooker’s lips (Psychotria elata)
These gorgeous pair of red, luscious lips belong to a plant known as Psychotria Elata, a tropical tree found in the rain forests of Central and South American countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador. Affectionately, Psychotria elata is called Hooker’s Lips or the Hot Lips Plants. Those red lips are actually stipules, not flakes.
The bracts are only kissable for a short while, before they spread open to reveal the plant’s flowers.
6. Underground plant (Hydnora africana)
This South African underground plant is really one of the most unusual plants on Earth. Occurs in the arid regions of southern Africa. Hydnora africana, also called jackal food by the inhabitants and has no visible leaves, roots. It is strictly parasitic. Despite its monstrous appearance and disgusting aroma, it produces tasty berries that are simply delicious when baked over an open fire. The fruit also has astringent properties and was used to preserve fishing nets, to sunbathe and to treat acne.
Hydnora africana is not grown as a cultivated plant due to its dependence on its Euphorbiaceae hosts. In the wild, it grows primarily by means of seeds which are dispersed by birds and small mammals that feast on its fruits.
7. Dancers (Impatiens bequaertii)
These small beauties are one of the rarest flowers and are quite difficult to find, even for the most stubborn plant collectors. Called by their similarity to dancing ladies in dresses, these small flowers are characteristic of East Africa and are found in white and pink. The plant itself is quite small, however the largest specimens reach the border of 2 meters. There remain roughly 300 positively identified species within the family and also nearly 900 other possible species still under investigation as potential new members.
8. Bee orchid (Ophrys apifera)
This toddler gets its name from its amazing resemblance to the bumblebee. Its name comes from the Greek word “Ophrys”, which means eyebrow, perhaps referring to fuzzy bits around the edge of the flower. Bee Orchid is widely distributed throughout Europe and the Middle East and even North Africa, In some countries the plants have protected status. This plant needs fungi to successfully grow. This flower is wiser than it seems; the flowers are only self-pollinating. The colors and shape of the flower mimics the appearance and smell of the female bee, which attracts male bees to cooperate, and thus speeds up the pollination process.
This perennial orchid grows to about 30-40 cm high with an erect stem which is clasped by two oblong, lanceolate leaves
9. Swaddled Babies (Anguloa uniflora)
They were discovered in the Colombian Andes between 1777-1788 during a ten-year expedition, but they were not named. and officially classified until 1798. In some periods, the flowering plants have unique shapes and resembles a child wrapped in white diapers. Their tempting aroma attracts insects on the hinged edges of the petal, where unsuspecting creatures enter the column increasing dustiness.