Every day we see flowers that surround us everywhere - chamomiles, roses, violets, tulips, chrysanthemums, dandelions, and their beauty has become habitual for us and even something banal.
But in different parts of the world, truly amazing and unusual flowers of fitness and appearance grow, and every time, looking at this natural miracle, one wonders at the beauty of the plant world. Let's get acquainted with the most unusual colors of our planet:
1. Tricyrtis short-haired (Tricyrtis hirta).
This perennial herb, reaching a height of 40-80 cm, has white flowers with numerous purple spots.
This decorative flower grows in the subtropical zone of Japan, where there is a shadow. Tricyrtis short hair is relatively easy to cultivate.
2. Wolffia (Wolffia angusta).
This is the smallest flowering plant on the planet, its size is from 0.5 to 0.8 mm.
These little flowers live on water surfaces. The name of the flower was given in honor of the German entomologist and botanist Johan F. Wolf.
3. Amorphophallus titanic (Amorphophallus).
It is the largest tropical flower, but, despite the natural beauty, it is a very smelly specimen of flora. The smell of decaying flesh emanates from the inflorescence. If you translate the name of the flower from the Greek language, it means "shapeless phallus."
This giant flower has one of the largest inflorescences in the world, reaching a width of one and a half meters, and a height of 2.5 meters. Amortophofallus titanic blooms for only two days. Previously, it grew in Indonesia, on the island of Sumatra, but then foreigners destroyed the flower. Today it is considered a very rare flower, and you can see it in the botanical gardens of the world.
4. Psychotria elevated (Psychotria elata).
This amazingly beautiful flower deservedly bears the status of the most romantic and piquant flower on the planet. For inflorescences of bright red color, people also call it “hot sponges”.
Psychotria loves heat and moisture and grows in the tropics. Its homeland is the forests of South and Central America, where the subtropical climate reigns.
5. Sexy Drakaea Orchid glyptodon.
The title of “unusual” orchid was won by the “sexy” orchid - the inflorescence of the flower resembles the body of a wasp of a certain type. In addition, the orchid produces pheromones, the same as those of the female wasp.
Interestingly, the sexy orchid begins to bloom during the breeding season of wasps, and then the males flock to the flowers and try to mate with them. This is how wasps are transferred from one plant to another by the pollen that fell on them. The place of growth of sexual orchids - Australia.
6. Orchid Calania (Caleana major).
In appearance, this amazing flower resembles a flying duck, and this is how it is called in the people. This appearance she got from nature to attract insects, which are called sawflies.
For them, the upper part of the flower resembles a female, and, flying from flower to flower, it is pollinated. The Kalania orchid has miniature dimensions: the flower is 2 cm wide and only 50 cm tall. Orchid grows in southern and eastern Australia under eucalyptus trees, and 2-4 flowers adorn the stem.
7. African gidnora (Hydnora africana).
African gidnora grows in African deserts and is a parasitic flower. The flower eats from the roots of other plants to which it sucks.
In most cases, lives under the ground, but when the required amount of precipitation falls in the desert, African gidnor appears on the surface and disperses. The flower reaches a length of 15-20 centimeters. Pollination occurs with the help of beetles, which arrive on the smell emitted by a flower.
8. Rosyanka (Drosera).
This is a carnivorous flower of amazing beauty. The inflorescence releases droplets of mucus that are a trap for insects.
It is insects that feeds on sundew. The flower grows in the mountains, on sandstones and marshes.
9. Passiflora (Passiflora alata).
Passionflower or Stratotsvet is an amazingly beautiful flower from the genus of the Stratotsvetny family.
In nature, there are about five hundred species. In diameter, the inflorescence is 10 cm, and passionflower grows mainly in Latin America.
10. Nepentes Attenborough (Nepenthes Attenboroughii).
This unusual, interesting flower was discovered on the island of Aalavan by three scientists in 2000, who went on an expedition after this miracle of the plant world. The first information about the flower was received from the missionaries who visited the island earlier. Going to Mount Victoria, scientists discovered flowers of enormous size, the inflorescences of which resembled bulk jugs.
It turned out that these unusual flowers are real predators that feed on rodents. It still remains a mystery how these flowers could survive to the present. This phenomenon is being studied today in the MacPherson laboratory. How do you make up, would you like to order bouquets of these flowers in high demand?
11. Orchis monkey (Orchis simia).
This beautiful flower grows in shrubs and forests, where there is a lot of light, on forest glades of the lower (sometimes middle) mountain belt to an altitude of 1500 m above sea level.
This specimen of flora is a rare species and is listed in the Red Book of Russia. When the monkey orchid blooms, it exudes a pleasant orange scent.
12. Phalaenopsis (Phalaenopsis).
A flower of the genus epiphytic herbaceous plants of the Orchid family, growing in northeastern Australia and in Southeast Asia.
Habitat - mountain and flat forests with high humidity. Some members of the genus are popular in indoor floriculture, botanical gardens and greenhouses.
13. Cleantus (Clianthus).
The genus of this flower, preferring sunny areas, includes two species that are endemic to New Zealand.
Inflorescences of klyantusa have a bright red color and in appearance resemble the beak of a parrot like a cocoa. The flower has another name - Lobster Claws.
14. Oxygen variegated (Oxalis tetraphylla).
The inflorescence, thanks to its festively colored flowers, looks like a bright caramel lollipop.
These unusual flowers are revealed only in the presence of bright light, and in the evening the inflorescence, like an umbrella, rolls up in a spiral. This beautiful, unpretentious plant lives beautifully at home.
15. Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium calceolus).
The flower got its name due to the shape of its inflorescence, resembling a slipper. The original shoe-shaped shape is characteristic of three genera of orchids.
Most species grow in deciduous and mixed forests located in temperate regions. The bright flowers of shoes are peculiar traps, with most insects falling inside the lips, and you can get out of there by means of a guarantee of pollination.
Evergreen liana from the host family, wax ivy, growing in natural conditions in India, South China, Australia.
Rod Hoya, numbering 200 species, got its name in honor of the English gardener Thomas Hoya. Creepers in nature spread on stony slopes, and in forests they grow on tree trunks.
17. Primula "Zebra Blue".
The large flowers of primrose have a yellow center, an attractive cream-colored coloring permeated with a multitude of blue-violet veins.
During flowering in May, primrose gives a lot of inflorescences, exuding a pleasant aroma.
18. Bellflower persikolistny (Campanula persicifolia).
This copy of Flora is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Kolokolchikovy family. A plant with small broadly lanceolate flowers of predominantly blue color. In the world there are 300 varieties (100 of them in Russia) of bluebells, and they grow in places with a temperate climate: in the Caucasus, in Europe, Siberia, Asia, and America.
The plant grows in the forest, near the rocks, in the wastelands. The peach bell is a rare plant belonging to ornamental species. This is a great honey plant, listed in the Red Book.
19. Acute seed of Lion's pharynx (Antirrhinum).
This flower grows in North America, and in Russia it can often be found in gardens, where it creates beautiful flowerbeds. 22 species of a flower are in the wild - these are ears of zygomorphic flowers, painted with bright colors of blue, yellow, purple shades.
Inflorescences resemble a lion's mouth or even a skull. The appearance of the flower of the Lion's pharynx, which has already faded, looks rather eerie and looks like a skull.
20. Orchid "Dove" (Peristeria Elata).
This flower has a bizarre, and even unusual shape, resembling a pigeon, lurking in the opened petals of the inflorescence. The flower is very moody and requires special care: high temperature and humidity.
This unusual flower also has a second name - the orchid of the Holy Spirit, and on the Easter holiday, Christian believers in the tropics decorate temples with these orchids.
21. Hazel grouse (Fritillaria).
This is a beautiful perennial flower. The Latin name fritillus means a vessel or a chessboard where dices are put. Such names are given for good reason - they are associated with the color and shape of the flower. In Russia, the name was given because of the resemblance to a bird of the grouse family.
When looking at this unusual flower, it seems that the bird bowed its head low. Grouse blooms a little - about 20 days. Moles, mice, shrews are afraid of him, so Hazel-head is simply necessary on flower beds and garden beds.
22. Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica).
Japanese camellias are trees or shrubs reaching a height of one and a half to eleven meters. This plant is ideal for a greenhouse or a winter garden with a cool temperature.
The homeland of camellia is Japan and China. This is the official flower symbol of Alabama.
23. Rafflesia (Rafflesia arnoldii).
Despite the fascinating name, rafflesia is a stinky flower and leads a parasitic life. Most often parasitic on vines.
Rafflesia grows on the islands of Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, the Philippines, the Malacca Peninsula. Inside his huge bowl can gather from 5 to 7 liters of water. The flower has neither leaves nor a stem.
In Asia, this amazingly beautiful white flower is edible, and the leaves and antennae of almost all types of trichozant are used as food as green vegetables.
On the tips of the petals are the original curlicues. This flower has been used for medical purposes.
25. Catchment or Aquilegia (Aquilagia).
It is a perennial herb of the Buttercup family, growing in parks, forests, and meadows. The species range covers Scandinavia, southern and middle regions of Europe.
In Russia, the flower can be found in the European part. Flowers with a diameter of 4-5 cm have a bright coloring - purple, blue, pink and very rarely white shades.
26. Great White Heron Orchid (Habenaria Radiata).
This amazingly beautiful flower has another name - Habenaria.
Its beautiful and large pearly-white inflorescence, framed by a wide, fringed lip, looks like a white heron in flight.
27. Strongylodon large-leaved (Strongylodon macrobotrys).
This is a representative of the legume family. The flower is often cultivated as an ornamental plant in countries with tropical and subtropical climates.
The place of flower growth is tropical and wild forests of the Philippine Islands.
28. Tacca Chantrier (Tacca chantrieri).
This perennial plant with a developed vertical rhizome is a species of monocotyledonous flowering plants of the Dioscoreaceae family.
Inflorescences and young leaves are still used to make curry, and the rhizome has found application in Thai medicine.
29. Kadupul (Kadupul).
This snow-white, the rarest flower on the planet, growing on the islands of Sri Lanka, resembles in appearance a water lily. The life of this flower is short - it dissolves at midnight and fades at dawn.
According to an ancient legend, during the period of short flowering of the Kadupula, a mythical serpentine demigod named Nagi descends to the ground. He picks a flower to present it on the holy mountain of Sri Pada to Buddha himself.
1. Cocio Cocio (Kokio Keokeo) or Hawaiian Flower
Hibiscus kokio subspecies subjohnianus, collectively known as the Hawaiian Koki’o, grows either as a shrub or small tree from 3 to 7 m in height. It is found only in the coastal valleys of Northwestern Kauati and nowhere else in the world. Kauti is the largest and most popular island in the Hawaiian Islands.
It has dark glossy green leaves with some varieties that have reddish petioles that connect the leaves to the stem. But, of course, the main distinguishing feature of this plant is its amazing flowers, which are so bright that they almost look fluorescent. The variety of colors can inspire even the most sophisticated grower, ranging from a dark orange-red to bright orange-yellow and there is even a pure yellow variety, which is extremely rare.
2. Jade grapes (Strongylodon macrobotrys)
In nature, the unusual Jade grapes of the world grow on the Philippine Islands in tropical forests, are grown in nurseries, and then planted in gardens, parks and squares. Previously, the plant grew in the wild, but due to the careless attitude of mankind, now you can only meet in nurseries, protected parks and squares.
This amazing flower looks spectacular thanks to a bright turquoise-green color scheme and a rare flower shape, gathered in a majestic inflorescence. It is also called: Jade Vine or Strongylodon large-leaved. The shape of the flower is reminiscent of small sharp tips, beak or claws tending upwards. The entire stem rises in length about 20 meters. Pollination occurs at the expense of bats, which conveniently cling and suck sweet juice nectar.
On the expanses of our planet, this amazing miracle can be seen in natural conditions on the island of Sumatra and Kalimantan and in some parts of Southeast Asia. Moreover, it is quite large and is one meter in diameter, and sometimes it weighs up to eight kilograms.
The flower has no leaves, stems and roots, it is capable of storing up to seven liters of water in the upper part. It is a parasite and lives mainly due to lianas. The smell is unpleasant, and the appearance is fascinating. It blooms once a year and then only for two or three days, and then turns into a dark mass.
4. Phalaenopsis (Phalaenopsis)
These epiphytic herbaceous plants belong to the Orchid family that lives in northeastern Australia and some parts of Asia. Feel good in forests with high humidity.
Phalaenopsis blooms lush and long. The color of flowering petals depends on the variety. Possess a subtle and pleasant aroma. Recently, these plantings have become among the elect and settled down at home, and especially they are fashionable in Japan. They can be found everywhere: office in offices, at home, greenhouses, etc.
5. Tricyrtis short-haired (Tricyrtis hirta) or Toad Lily
Tricyrtis comes from Japan, and in Greek it means “three bumps”, and also has the strange name “Toad Lily”, which is explicable. The natives of the Philippine Islands use it to bait edible toads. Grows in the subtropical zone of Japan, where there is more than a penumbra. Easily grown, reaches a height of more than half a meter.
In nature, there are at least 20 species. In most cases, the flowers are white, purple, purple with a lot of multi-colored spots. We grow only varieties in our gardens that tolerate low temperatures.
6. Passiflora (Passiflora alata)
Passionflower or Stratotsvet - an evergreen vine is able to arrange a violent ball of flowers that amaze with the unprecedented beauty of flowering. They are from the genus Stratotsvetnyh, in nature, there are five hundred species. Originally from Brazil. Love a lot of light.
Passionflower flowers are large, resemble a fantastic star or even a round crown. On the color of the cup at the base can be of different colors, and then threadlike petals of three different colors are pulled. Exotic flower grows well at home, as well as in the garden of notable florists.
7. Beak Parrot (Lotus berthelotii)
The Canary Islands are home to this vibrant and unique flower. The name of this was due to the similarity with the beak of a parrot. It is very rare in nature, since there are no nectar birds that pollinate them. Now grown only by artificial means. Blooming handsome spring in sunny days. Klyuviki located along a thin trunk, and the leaves resemble green soft needles.
8. Bird of Paradise or Sterlysia Royal
The South African flower has conquered the whole world with its beauty, because looking at it, it is really impossible to take your eyes off. For the first time, this flower was found at the end of the 18th century by the Swedish botanist Per Thunberg in South Africa’s homeland and gave him a name in honor of the wife of English King George III Sophia-Charlotte, who was very beautiful and the favorite of the people. So it is now called a beautiful female name - Sterlitzia. In open form it grows on the Mediterranean coast, as well as in tropical forests and gorges of the mountains of South Africa. Externally, the flower looks like a bird with a beautiful tuft and long beak. At home in the people are also called "Zhuravel".
Растения достигают высоту 10 метров, а в домашних условиях высота составляет 2-3 метра. Длина лепестков около 20 сантиметров. Распускаются во всей красе весной или летом и радуют своей красотой в течение нескольких недель. При сильном желании, то такой цветок можно вырастить и дома.
9. Глориоза роскошная
Мир глориоса Суперба, или огонь лилии — это мир изысканной красоты, родом из тропических районов Азии и Африки, принадлежащих к малочисленному семейству безвременников. Огненная лилия растет, как виноградная лоза, с необычными красными или желтыми цветами с волнистыми краями. Gloriosa Superba is a national flower of Zimbabwe. Recently you can buy this super beauty in flower shops, but you need to remember that the flowers and the plant itself are poisonous.
10. Flower kadupul
This beautiful white and yellow rare flower is from Sri Lanka, where it is called Kadupul Mal or Flower from Heaven. In India, it is called Brahma Kamalam, named after the Hindu god of creation, Lord Brahma. It also has a rich history in Japan, where it is known as Gekka Bijin or “Beauty under the Moon”. In Chinese, this flower is used to describe someone who has an impressive, but very short moment of glory, like a “flash in a pot”, since the flower can take a year to bloom and only bloom for one night.
Kadupul Flower can be found from Mexico to Venezuela, as well as Brazil. It is also cultivated in some parts of America, such as Texas or California. Blossoms has an unpleasant smell, and blooms only once, only at night before dawn, lives a little, therefore it is very expensive. Botanists have not yet established why he dies so quickly.
11. Broken Heart
Dicentra plants have impressive and bright flowers, which are based on thin shrub branches. Grow in many parts of foreign countries, as well as in the Far East. Settled down in China, North Korea, Canada and Japan. Begins to bloom in the last months of spring and early June, white petals are lurking inside, and bright pink outside. It blooms in late spring and the end of June. The outer petals are bright pink fuchsias, and the inner white ones are shaped like a heart split into two parts and tears drip from there. Unpretentious and patient in care. Spreading perennial shrub loves penumbra.
12. African gidnora (Hydnora africana)
Hyndora Africana belongs to the Hydnor family. It grows on the African continent, is a parasitic plant of the genus Euphorbia and lives from the roots of other plantations. It has such an unusual appearance that it would never say that it is a plant. It looks amazingly similar to mushrooms and only distinguished from mushrooms when the flower is fully opened.
The body of the plant is completely leafless, devoid of chlorophyll and has a salmon-orange color inside, and when it gets old, it becomes dark gray, or even black. The shape is spherical, divided into three or four lobes. The edges are framed with fringe. Flowers may not appear for a number of years until enough rain falls. Beetles pollinate, which arrive on the smell emitted.
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Interesting photos from all over the world
A selection of interesting pictures that will be curious to look at.
Hydraulic press 18,500 tons.
5 meter high Freddie Mercury in Liverpool. The statue is made of bronze in the very center of the city.
Storm over the Pacific Ocean from a height of 11 kilometers.
Consecration of the rocket at Baikonur.
Competition on eating chili peppers in China.
Rainfall did not prevent to arrange a firework in Washington on the occasion of the USA Independence Day.
In the mouth of a soldier is an American anti-personnel mine M18A1 Claymore. Weight 1.6 kg, the radius of destruction of 100 m. Installed correctly, facing the enemy.
100-year-old grandfather with a 1-year-old great-grandson.
Night bike parade in Moscow. Photo by Dmitry Serebryakov.
In China, workers collect algae from the beach.
Taiwan, fishermen on traditional boats using fire lure fish.
Sphinx from the back.
A father in China takes children from school during a flood.
Village Bad Blumau, Styria, Austria.
Eye of the Sahara. Photo from ISS
Rishat (Guell-Er-Rishat, also known as the Eye of the Sahara) is a geological formation located in the Moorish part of the Sahara desert near the settlement of Wadan, inside the Taudeni syneclise. The diameter of the structure is 50 km. The green color in the satellite photograph corresponds to the stunted vegetation formed to the south and east of the education center. For quite a long time, the Rishat structure served as a reference point for astronauts in orbit, as it represented a clearly visible object in a vast area of an unremarkable desert.
The border of the Indian reservation of the Navajo tribe and the city of Phoenix (Arizona). Entry without permission is prohibited.
Police at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK.
Dzhokonda with traces of plastic in the museum of Bonn.
Buddhist monastery of Ki Gompa. Himachal Pradesh, India. Height - 4166 meters.
This giant hurricane has been observed on Jupiter for 350 years. Its size across is about 10 thousand kilometers. Over the past 100 years has decreased by about two times, but still remains huge.
10. Rafflesia (Rafflesia arnoldii)
Photo 10. Rafflesia
Rafflesia - flower stinker. He has neither a stalk, nor leaves, nor roots. But inside going 5-7 liters of water. It is considered a parasite. The parasite mainly on creepers. The range of this flower is the Malacca Peninsula, the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, the Philippines.
9. Amorphophallus titanic (Amorphophallus)
Photo 9. Amorphophallus titanic
Amorphophallus titanic - the largest tropical flower, and very foul-smelling. Its name “amorphofallus” in Greek means “shapeless phallus”. This flower has one of the largest inflorescences in the world - it can reach a height of 2.5 m and a width of 1.5 m. Flowering lasts only 2 days. Amorphophallus originally grew in Indonesia, on the island of Sumatra. Subsequently, this flower was exterminated by foreigners. Currently, this flower is very rare, it can be seen mainly in the botanical gardens of the world.
8. Wolffia (Wolffia angusta)Photo 8. Wolffia
Wolffia on the contrary, the smallest flowering plant on Earth. Their size ranges from 0.5 to 0.8 mm. These little flowers live on the surface of the water. It was named after the German botanist and entomologist Johan F. Wolf.
7. Psychotria elevated (Psychotria elata)
Psychotria of peppig (lat. Psychotria poeppigiana)Photo 7. Elevated Psychotria
This flower is rightfully the status of the most savory flower in the world. People call it “hot sponges” for its bright red inflorescences. Psychotria - a tropical flower that loves moisture and warmth. Therefore, his homeland is the tropical forests of Central and South America.
6. Calania Orchid (Caleana major)Photo 6. Orchid Kalania
This amazing orchid looks like a flying duck. Therefore, it is called “flying duck”. Nature has endowed them with such an appearance in order to attract insects, called sawflies. They are the top of the flower resembles a female. Thus, arriving at the flower, they carry pollen on themselves and pollinate the flower. Kalania orchid is very small and reaches a height of only 50 cm, and the flower itself - 2 cm. There are 2-4 flowers on the stem. It grows in Eastern and Southern Australia, mainly under eucalyptus trees.
5. Sexy Orchid (Drakaea glyptodon)Photo 5. Sexy orchid
Another orchid that deserves the title of “unusual” is the “sexy” orchid. Its flower resembles the abdomen of a certain type of wasp. Moreover, it secretes pheromones like that of a female wasp. Flowering begins in the marriage period of wasps. Males flock to such flowers and try to mate with him. In this way they transfer the pollen from the plant to the plant. Grow sexy orchids in Australia.
4. African gidnora (Hydnora africana)Photo 4. African Gidnor
African gidnora - a parasitic flower that lives in the deserts of Africa. It clings to the roots of other plants and feeds on them. It is mainly located under the ground, and only when the necessary amount of precipitation falls in the desert - does it appear on the surface and dissolve. The flower reaches a height of 15-20 cm. It is pollinated by a hydor with the help of beetles arriving at its scent.
3. Passiflora (Passíflora alata)Photo 5. Passionflower
Passionflower or Passionflower is a genus of the Passionflower family. There are about 500 species. The flower is 10 cm in diameter. It grows mainly in Latin America.
2. Rosyanka (Drósera)Photo 2. Rosyanka [by Helene Schmitz]
Sundew - carnivorous plant. Thanks to the secreted droplets of mucus, they catch insects, which they feed on. They grow in swamps, sandstones and in the mountains.
1. Nepentes Attenborough (Nepenthes Attenboroughii)Photo 1. Attenborough Nepentes
The first place is occupied by the flower Nepentes Attenborough. An unusual flower was discovered in 2000, on Fr. Palawan three scientists Stewart MacPherson, a botanist Elaister Robinson and the Philippine scientist Volker Heinrich, who went here on an expedition to get this flower. For the first time they heard about him from missionaries who had visited the island earlier. On Mount Victoria, scientists have discovered huge "jugs" of these flowers. It turned out to be predatory flowers that “feed” on rodents. How could these flowers survive to our time is unknown. Now they are studying in the MacPherson laboratory.