Beauty is often in the eye of the bee-holder 😉 That’s why we have scoured the internet to find the top 8 weird flowers which you can give to literally any-budy.
That way, you can say that you rose above the orchid situation…(okay, we’ll stop now)
Weird flower 1: Dracule Simia (Monkey Face Orchid)
It’s easy to see why this flower has been given this name! Although, unfortunately there’s no monkeying around finding it because you’ll only be able to spot it in the cloud forest of Peru and the southeastern Ecuador. Even then, you’ll have to climb for more than 3000 feet just to small its ripe-orange like scent.
Weird flower 2: Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)
Could this little guy bee any happier? You can find him widespread across Europe, the Middle East; and even North Africa. The colouring and the shape of the flowers mimic the look and smell of a female bee which entices male bees towards it!
Weird flower 3: Devils Hand (Chiranthodendron pentadactylon)
Also known as Monkey’s Hand or Monkey’s Paw, this unsettling flower can be found in Mexico where Ancient Aztecs held it in a very religious regard! Despite its evil looking appearance, the plant produces earthy tasting fruit which has been used as traditional medicine to treat heart diseases and conditions for many years.
Weird flower 4: Subterranean Plant (Hydnora africana)
Where do we even begin with this one?! This South African subterranean plan is clearly one of the most bizarre looking plants on earth. Looking like something from a horror film, it also lets out a disgusting smell and can take up to a year to ‘blossom’. The plant is often infused in face wash as an acne treatment, if you dare go near it in the first place…
Weird flower 5: Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana major)
This elegant little flower has its unique, cute shape to help increase pollination. You can only find it in Australia, though! It depends heavily on a vegetative fungus that only grows in Australia.
Weird flower 6: Psychotria elata
Pucker up for this plant! The bright red bits that resemble the lips are bracts, not petals! They stay in this red state for only a few days before opening to further reveal the small yellow and white flowers within. Native to Columbia, Costa Rica and Panama, the plant is currently on the endangered list due to its popularity with collectors and due to deforestation.
Weird flower 7: Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
This funky looking orchid is native to the Mediterranean regions and resembles tiny little hanging naked men. This flower is actually used to product the drink Salep (a turkish winter drink) and is also used as an antidiarrheal, antflatulant and aphrodisiac. Who would have thought?
Weird flower 8: Snake Gourd Flower (Trichosanthes cucumerina)
We thought that we would end our collection on a nice note with this gorgeous flower! It’s actually a very beautiful vegetable which originated in India before being cultivated around the world. Despite its terrible taste, it is commonly used as a tomato substitute in cooking! Not just a pretty face, eh?