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World’s Strangest Flowers That Look Like Somebody Else

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When flowers look like flowers, we mostly appreciate their presence, but they can sometimes fool us. Especially when they take on the appearance of other creatures of nature, such as a white dove, a dancing girl, or even a naked man.

Here are some of the strangest-looking flowers on the planet that resemble something (or someone).

Naked-man orchid (Orchzis Italica)

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Naked Man Orchids, also known as Hanging Man Orchids, are Mediterranean natives that resemble tiny little hanging naked men down to the last detail. They come in a variety of sizes (as is typical of naked men) and typically range in color from light purplish white to deep purplish-pink.

The plant is endangered, possibly due to its popularity as an antidiarrheal, antiflatulent, and aphrodisiac. These colorful flowers are also used in the preparation of the drink Salep, also known as Turkish Delight.

Dancing Girls (Impatiens bequaertii)

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Even the most dedicated plant collector will have difficulty locating these! These rare flowers are nicknamed for their resemblance to dancing ladies in dresses. The plant itself is quite small, growing to about one foot across and bearing blooms up to ½” long. It comes in white and light pink and is native to East Africa, but it will root wherever it comes into contact with soil. So, if you can find one, it makes an excellent indoor plant.

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana major)

Why is this orchid in the shape of a duck? It contributes to increased pollination. Its scent attracts sawflies, which land on the “bill,” where their weight forces them down and inside the flower, curling the “bill” down and in for a short time. The only way out from there is through a pollen-laden section of the flower where the sawfly finds itself and then emerges.

This orchid, native to Australia, is difficult to find, despite its shape, because its reddish brownish coloring blends right into the Australian bush. If you were hoping to grow a Flying Duck Orchid in your home greenhouse, we’re sorry to inform you that the flower only grows in the wild in Australia and has never been propagated.

It relies symbiotically on a type of vegetative fungus that only grows in Australia to grow.

Hot Lips (Psychotria elata)

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The bright red bits of this plant that resemble bright red lips, also known as Flower Lips, are actually bracts, not petals. They are only kissable for a few days before opening to reveal tiny yellow and white flowers within. The plant is native to the tropical regions of Columbia, Costa Rica, and Panama, but it has become endangered due to its popularity among collectors and deforestation in its natural habitat.

Swaddled Babies (Anguloa uniflora)

Photo: Tim Waters

These adorable little baby-like tulip orchids were discovered in the Colombian Andes between 1777 and 1788 during a ten-year expedition, but they weren’t named or officially classified until 1798. The flowers’ unique shapes resemble those of a baby wrapped in white swaddling during certain stages of the plant’s blooming stage. Their scent attracts insects to the hinged lip of the petal, where they are pushed into the column. A pollen pack then attaches itself to their abdomens, increasing pollination. These plants can also be grown at home.

Monkey orchid (Dracula simia)

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The Dracula genus of orchids, also known as the “Monkey Orchid,” is a family of over 110 different varieties that bear an uncanny resemblance to monkey heads. The majority of Dracula Orchid Simia specimens have been discovered at altitudes of more than 3,000 feet in the mountainous rain forests of southern Ecuador and Peru.

This rare plant blooms all year and has flowers that smell like ripe oranges, making it a prized addition to any orchid connoisseur’s garden.

Snapdragon Seed Pod (Antirrhinum majus)

The common name “snapdragon” comes from the flowers’ unique reaction to having their throats squeezed, which causes the flower’s “mouth” to snap open like a dragon’s mouth. Another, less well-known, feature of the plant is that it produces “dragon skulls” after the Snapdragon has gone to seed!

Not surprisingly, people believed in ancient times that Snapdragons possessed mystical powers and that growing them in one’s garden would protect one’s home from curses and evil. One could say, “fight fire with fire.”

Tiger Face in Moon Orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis)

Photo: Max Fulcher

In nature, flower stripings and markings have evolved to either mimic larger animals in order to frighten away predators, or to resemble the genitals of insects in order to attract and propagate the greatest number of pollinators. The stripes on the Moon Orchid, one of Indonesia’s three national flowers, are almost identical to those of a tiger! It makes you wonder what kind of animals this lovely little flower is attempting to frighten away.

Chamber Maids (Calceolaria uniflora)

Photo: Thomas Mathis

These little mountain flowers, also known as Darwin’s Slipper and the Happy Alien, are truly one-of-a-kind. The Chamber Maids, which Darwin discovered between 1831 and 1836, prefer cold weather and can still be found in abundance in Tierra del Fuego, South America.

The small white “plate” section of the flower entices local birds, who eat it and collect pollen on their heads, assisting in the pollination of the plant. They also give the plants the appearance of tiny women wearing maid aprons.

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