The flower symbolism started from ancient times onward. The flowers symbolize love, affection, friendship, beauty and morality. There are also many strange looking flowers that catch our attention in no time. Flowers, with their bright colours and unique shapes, are a wonder of the nature. They make the world a beautiful place. Be it the much known rose or the lesser known orchids, flowers are always mesmerizing.
Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)
Naming this little guy didn’t take a whole lot of imagination – “Dracula,” a flower named as such because of its two long, fang-like petals and “Simia” for its resemblance to primates. Its two dark eyes, fuzzy dotted eyebrows, and furry nose and beard area bear striking simian resemblances that become even more obvious when viewed from a distance. The Monkey Face Orchid is incredibly rare so don’t get upset if you’ve never seen one before. It is only found in the cloud forests of Peru and southeastern Ecuador at altitudes of more than 3,000 feet. It can bloom all year round, thrives in intermediate-to-warm weather, and its flowers smell like ripe oranges, making it a prized addition to any orchid connoisseurs garden. To create an especially striking bouquet or floral arrangement starring Dracula Simia, consider pairing the pointy orchid with bushy, fluffy plants and flowers like the wild pussy. A small detail to keep in mind: some Monkey Face Orchids grow large, with down-turned pointy petals while others produce a smaller, fuzzier bloom that look more like monkey faced-cotton balls.
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)
The Naked Man Orchid! Also known as the Hanging Man Orchid, these flowers native to the Mediterranean regions and resemble tiny little hanging naked men, from their dotted eyes and smiles right down to their little, but proud you-know-whats. Naked Man Orchids come in all sizes and usually range in color from light purplish-white to deep purple-pink. Some hybrids of this flower have broader pink petals that enclose the top of the flower, almost like a hood or a bonnet. The Naked Man Orchid is classified as having a threatened status, perhaps because of its popularity as an antidiarrheal, antiflatulent and aphrodisiac. Another crazy fact about these fun flowers: they’re used in making the drink salep (also called Turkish Delight).
Devils Hand (Chiranthodendron Pentadactylon)
Some call this tree the Monkey’s Hand, Hand-Flower or Monkey Paw, but we wouldn’t recommend making any wishes on it (though we will say that it makes an amazing living headpiece or handheld bouquet, especially around Halloween). The Devil’s Hand is native to Mexico where the Ancient Aztecs held it in especially high religious regard and harvested the claw-like flowers for generations. Can you blame them for holding the flower in such high esteem? The fruit produced by this tree has an earthy taste and has been used for years in traditional medicine to treat many afflictions from heart disease to a variety of other conditions. The claw part of this flower emerges from the otherwise normal-looking bloom, like an unholy creature emerging to snatch its prey.
Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)
If you’ve never seen a Parrot Flower before you’re not alone. We’re talking about a flower so rare that many people still doubt it’s actual existence. Thailand’ Parrot Flower is also known as the “parrot balsam,” and is classified as endangered and not allowed out of the country. If you want to find out whether or not this little wonder exists, you’ll have to book a flight to visit Manipur, India, Burma or a tiny region in northern Thailand near Chiang Mai. When you look at the flower’s side profile, it looks just like a parrot or cockatoo in flight! When images of the Parrot Flower began to circulate on the internet, they were dismissed as being digitally manipulated because very few people had actually seen one.
Bee Orchid (Ophrys Bombyliflora)
This happy little guy gets its name from its uncanny resemblance to a smiling bumblebee, that is if bumblebees could smile. Its name comes from the Greek word “ophrys,” meaning eyebrow, which perhaps refers to the fuzzy bits around the edge of the flower. Some Bee Orchids stick to the cream, brown and gold color scheme while others have a pinkish hue to their petals. You’d think that the Bee Orchid got its name from looking like, well, a honeybee, but you’d be wrong. The Bee Orchid got its nickname because bees are this flower’s main pollinator. The flower is native to Malta, and it’s becoming more and more scarce because the propagation process is so difficult. You see, the Bee Orchid requires a symbiotic relationship with a certain type of fungus in order to successfully grow, which makes transplanting it extremely difficult. Bee Orchids thrive in grasslands, but surprisingly enough, they have also have been found growing out of dry, chalky limestone! This orchid is also cleverer than it appears. The coloring and shape of the flower mimic the look and smell of a female bee, which entices male bees towards it to mate, thus expediting the pollination process!
Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria elata)
Hooker’s Lips, Hot Lips, Flower Lips – call them what you will – there’s no guessing as to how this seductive plant got its name. The bright red bits that resemble a hooker’s bright red lips are actually bracts, not petals. The leaf-like bracts are only in their kissable state for a few days before opening to reveal the little yellow and white flowers within, which almost look like the plant is sticking its tongue out at you, mocking you. If this working girl looks especially trippy, there’s a good reason. Turns out the Hooker’s Lips flower comes from a genus in the plant family Rubiaceae that produces psychedelic chemicals like Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). With 1990 different kinds of species, it’s quite a large genus to say the least and several species of Hooker’s Lips are marked with dark spots that are bacteria-filled nodules. The plants are native to the tropical regions of Columbia, Costa Rica and Panama. Due to their popularity with collectors and the deforestation of their natural habitat, Hooker’s Lips have landed on the endangered list.
Corpse Lily (Amorphophallus Titanum)
This monster of a plant was made famous in the movie Dennis the Menace. It blooms so infrequently that whenever one does, it often makes local and sometimes global headlines. The Corpse Lily is technically a compound flower – though still considered the world’s largest single flower – and only grows in Indonesia, specifically Sumatra. If you’re wondering what kind of pollinators would be interested in such a stinky bud, the answer is carrion beetles and flies. It’s name comes from the Ancient Greek “amorphos” which means, “without form, misshapen.” Not only is this flower extremely rare, but it’s extremely large. Some can grow up to 12 feet tall with flowers weighing up to 25 pounds! Despite its disgusting stench and a rather phallic appearance, the Corpse Lily is the official flower of the rain forests of Borneo.