The orchid family, Orchidaceae, is probably the largest family of flowering plant in the world. Because their unique beauty and rare showing, they are always present on the most expensive and rarest flower list. There are between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species. Although part of a huge family, there are many orchids that are critically endangered and can be rarely seen in nature.
Here we rounded up 17 Weird Looking Orchids, from angle orchid to dracula orchid, from flying duck orchid to swaddled baby orchid. You will be amazed by those unbelievable weird looking orchids and admire the creativity of our mother nature.
h/t: Boing Boing
1. Ballerina orchid [wiki] (Photo: Terry Montero)
2. White Egret Orchid [WIKI] (Photo: Rachel Scott-Renouf)
3. Dracula Simia – Monkey face Orchid [WIKI]
4. Anguloa Uniflora – Swaddled baby Orchid [WIKI] (Photo: reddit)
5. Phalaenopsis amabilis – Tiger face Orchid [WIKI] (Photo: Max Fulcher)
6. Habenaria Grandifloriformis – Angle Orchid [WIKI] (Source: gardenofeaden.blogspot.com)
7. Ophrys Bombyliflora – bumblebee orchid [WIKI] (Photo: Graham Gavaghan)
8. Prosthechea cochleata – clamshell orchid [WIKI] (source: levypreserve.org/)
9. Caleana – flying duck orchid [WIKI] (Photo: Bill Higham)
10. Peristeria Elata – Dove orchid [WIKI] (Photo top: Michael Manners, Ricardo Valentin; Photo bottom: Christian Kneidinger, José Roberto Rodrigues Araújo)
11. Orchis italica – Naked Man Orchid [WIKI] (Source: vladimr.livejournal.com)
12. Ophrys insectifera – Fly Orchid [WIKI] (Photo: commons.wikimedia.org/)
13. Drakaea orchid – Hammer Orchid [WIKI] (photo: flickr.com/groups/orchidspecies)
16. Brassia arcuigera [WIKI] (Photo: www.bergoiata.org/)
17. Bulbophyllum frostii [WIKI] (Photo: pl.wikipedia.org)
1 thought on “17 Weird Looking Orchids”
The picture of the White Egret Orchid is upside down.
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