The Strangest Flowers on Earth

Some flowers are beautiful. Others have the sweetest of scents. But today’s flower list is something more. Those are not only some of the most beautiful flowers in the world but also the weirdest. You’re wondering what we mean by weird flowers? Well, let’s dive in mother nature’s strangest creations.

Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)

A close-up shot of a bleeding heart flower.

Bleeding hearts usually come in pink and white colours. They are in the shape of a heart with a drop on the bottom. They look adorable like a bunch of hearts dangling in the air.

Bleeding hearts were very popular in the Victorian time. A lot of people grew them in their homes and gardens. People even incorporated the bleeding hearts patterns and designs in stained glass. These are definitely a must have for a fairy garden.

They usually grow about two to three feet but some may even get to four feet. They’re shade-loving plants. Lyre flowers like cooler weather so when summer starts to kick in they’ll slowly die back and go dormant until the winter comes. When they start to die off you need to cut them back all the way near the base. When the weather gets cooler they’ll slowly just pop back up. The branches are easy to break so you need to be careful with them when you’re transplanting them. They also like the soil to stay moist. Not too wet and soggy but wet enough, so the roots wouldn’t dry out.

Species: Lamprocapnos spectabilis
Also known: Asian bleeding-heart, lyre flower, lady-in-a-bath.

Naked man orchid (Orchis Italica)

A single naked man orchid plant.

Orchis Italica is a rather unusual orchid. For obvious reasons, some call it also the Naked Man Orchid. In fact, the genus Orchis draws its name from ancient Greek and means “testicle”.

This flower is native to the Mediterranean region. It occurs in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Greece, the Aegean islands, Turkey, Cyprus, Malta, Syria, Jordan, and northern Africa.

It grows at altitudes of up to 4,300 ft (1,300m) and typically prefers areas of direct sunlight. It will also flourish in a wide range of soil types, as long as it has adequate drainage. The unique rosettes of the Orchis Italica grow atop stalks that are commonly 8-20 in (20-50cm) high.

The basic colours of the blooms include a whitish-pink, but on occasion display a bright purple as well.

The Orchis Italica most commonly appears in fertile meadows or light forests. It typically blooms between March and May and grows in large groupings. Not every bloom displays the eye-like spots. The plants also produce edible tubers.

Species: Orchis Italica
Also known: Italian orchid, Naked man orchid

Parrot flower (Impatiens Psittacina)

The Parrot Flower resembles a parrot.

The Parrot flower is a species of Balsam that looks like a parrot. Its scientific name is Impatiens Psittacina. It is a very rare species. It was first found in Burma in the 19th century. The flower thrives in the wildland of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and South East India.

Thai Government has forbidden the export of seeds of Parrot Balsam which has increased the sale of fake seeds.

Scientists don’t know the pollinator of the plant. This makes the parrot balsam impossible to grow by gardeners. Scientists speculate that it’s some type of bird or a bat that has a tongue long enough to reach inside the flower. Others think it’s some type of a specific bee or wasp species.

Species: Impatiens Psittacina
Also known: Parrot flower, Parrot balsam

Ballerina Orchid (Caladenia Melanema)

Ballerina orchid up close

The ballerina orchid with it’s orange, white and pink colours look as gracious as a real-life ballerina. Тhe scientific name of the plant is Caladenia melanema. It is native to Western Australia. It is currently listed as Declared Rare Flora under the Western Australian Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.

The Ballerina orchid can grow singly or in a group. The flowering period continues from August until early September. The species grows in a white, sand clay-loam rise among salt flats beneath Eucalyptus spathulata mallees, Melaleuca scrub or thickets and very scattered low chenopod shrubs.

Species: Caladenia Melanema
Also known: Ballerina orchid

Duck Orchid (Caleana)

An upclose shot of a Duck Orchid.

The duck orchid, like you, can guess from its name is a flower that looks like a duck. It has little wings that point backwards and small body (plus a head and a beak). From a plant point of view, things get even crazier.

Most flowers can be pollinated by any sort of insect but the duck orchid needs a specific pollinator – a male sawfly. The male sawfly thinks that the duck orchid looks like a female sawfly so it comes down to say hello. In doing so the flower triggers a reaction and snaps shut trapping the sawfly inside, which can be a dangerous place on a hot day. As the sawfly squirms its way out of the flower it pollinates it giving the flower what it wants.

However, it tends to leave a little frustrated not knowing exactly what has happened. Of course, the duck orchid reopens after that. The process takes about one hour on a hot day.

The duck orchid is powered by the sun. Water is heated within the flowers until it puts pressure on some of the petals much like a snap trap. When something comes along and lands on the flower it snaps it up.

Species: Caleana
Also known: Duck orchid

Snapdragon and its Skull (Antirrhinum)

Snapdragon flower upclose.

The Snapdragon plant is a popular garden plant among avid gardeners. The dragon flower derives its name from the resemblance of a dragons head. The plant can handle colder weather pretty well.

The plant is easily propagated from seed. You can plant them in the autumn and let them grow all summer long.

Species: Antirrhinum
Also known: Dragon flowers, Snapdragons

Monkey orchid (Dracula Simia)

Monkey orchid (Dracula Simia) upclose.

Many people think that the photos of the Monkey orchid are photoshopped but they are as real as they can be. The scientific name of this rare flower is Dracula simia. The first part of it is hinting at the resemblance between its two long spurs to the fangs of the famous vampire count, and the second meaning “monkey” in Latin.

The Monkey orchid grows in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru at an elevation of between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above sea level. In its natural habitat, the plant can flower throughout the whole year. It is hard to be grown in “captivity” but there are some lucky collectors who have succeeded. Although you might think that the Monkey orchid smells like bananas, it’s fragrance actually reminds of ripe oranges. Ironic, right?

Species: Dracula Simia
Also known: Monkey orchid, Monkey-like Dracula

Swaddled babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

Swaddled baby orchids.

The Swaddled Babies Orchid is one of the smaller species of orchids. The plant grows up to a height of 18-24 inches only. One can see pseudobulbs that are conical in shape just below the thin and pleated leaves of this orchid.

However, the highlight of this orchid, without a doubt, is its complex flower that looks like a baby cuddler and wrapped inside a swaddling cloth. The flowers are unusually large in comparison to the size of the plant.

These amazing flowers are often a creamish colour or completely white and are wavy in nature. Another interesting fact about these flowers is that they are extremely fragrant. They usually bloom during the spring.

Species: Anguloa uniflora
Also known: Swaddled babies

Hooker’s lips (Psychotria elata)

Psychotria elata upclose

This gorgeous pair of red luscious lips belongs to the Psychotria elata. It’s also referred to as “flower lips”. “Hot lips”, “Hooker’s lips” or “The kissable flower”. It is native to the rainforests of Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador. Unfortunately, due to the uncontrolled deforestation in those countries, the flower may become extinct soon.

The shape of the flower is not only responsible for its name but also for its ability the attract more pollinators, butterflies and hummingbirds. Bright flowers of this plant are particularly attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, which are involved in the process of pollination. This plant blooms several times a year.

Species: Psychotria elata
Also known: Flower lips, Hooker’s lips, The kissable flower

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