We have already seen and learned about some pretty unusual flowers and other plants, but today we will look at some of the most bizarre and weird-looking plants you will probably ever see and learn about. In fact, you might not even believe these plants are real, but they most definitely are…
10. Crab´s eye
The Crab’s Eye is an annual twiner that grows up to 9 meters long. The leaves are alternate, compounded into pinnate arrangements. The seeds are red and black coloured, called by the names given on the right. The flowers are pink and purplish in colour.
9. White Egret flower
The White Egret Flower (Habenaria radiata) is an exceptional plant from Asia and is related to the orchid. It flowers all summer long, with each tuber producing two to three exquisite, pearly white flowers. The White Egret Flower feels happy outdoors in well-drained soil. Water generously during the growth period. Protect from frost in winter.
8. Nepenthes distillatoria
Nepenthes distillatoria is a lowlander that comes in several colour varieties. I’m aware of three: yellow, pink, and purple. The plant pictured above is the purple variety. It hasn’t shown any signs of transplant shock or pitcher loss like some other varieties have upon arrival and repotting because of the larger size. On occasion, larger Nepenthes may show signs of transplant or new environment shock while adjusting to lower household humidity. I grew this variety briefly outdoors a year or so ago with poor results. The plant was stressed and eventually died. Part of the reason was that I introduced it to outdoor conditions during wintertime. That was not very smart of me. Another reason is that N. distillatoria doesn’t have as heavy of a “waxy” leaf coat as other Nepenthes.
7. Hooker´s lips
This tropical tree is found in the rain forests of Central and South America and, at some points, looks bright red lips. It apparently evolved into its current shape to attract pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies, but it only looks like lips for a short while until it spreads open to reveal flowers.
6. Ballerina orchid
These small plants are terrestrial spider orchids that grow singly or in groups in different parts across the island of Australia. The flowers are essentially cream in colour, with maroon markings, and their petals and sepals have dark trichromes. Together, the flower looks like a maiden in white tutus, holding a graceful ballet pose. The grazing of rabbits and kangaroos in the regions where they grow poses a great threat to these orchids.
5. Impatiens Bequaertii
The Impatiens Bequaertii is an extremely rare species of flower. This rare plant is a part of the Impatiens family. The species has no acknowledged common name. There are approximately 300 positively identified species within the family. There are also nearly 900 other possible members of this family that are still under investigation as potentially new species. The Impatiens Bequaertii is endemic to the rainforest regions of eastern Africa. Their endemic climate is relatively mild.
4. Duck Orchid
Caleana is commonly referred to as the Duck Orchid. This is because the labellum looks just like a flying duck with its wings raised high. The lip, in particular, looks clearly like the beak of a duck. The flower is reddish brown in colour, and in rare cases, it is greenish with dark spots, and a single leaf appears near the base of the stalk. This small terrestrial orchid is found in Australia, from Queensland to South Australia, and even Tasmania.
3. Swaddled babies orchid
Orchids are found in almost every region of the world. Anguloa uniflora orchids hail from the Andes regions around Venezuela, Columbia and Ecuador. Common colorful names for the plant include tulip orchid and swaddled babies orchid. In spite of the quaint names, the plants are actually named for Fransisco de Angulo, a collector who became so knowledgeable about the different species he often helped botanists classify specimens.
2. Skeleton flower
The Diphylleia grayi is a beautiful white flower that turns transparent upon contact with water. When it rains, the clusters of lovely blooms magically transform into glistening, crystal-like blossoms. Because of this amazing phenomenon, the Diphylleia grayi is commonly known as the ‘skeleton flower’.
1. Starfish flower
One of the so called carrion plants, the starfish flower is a bizarrely-looking flowering plant that emits repugnant smell of dead flesh. Despite this characteristic, the plant is very popular among gardeners and collectors who value it for its unusual appearance and vivid colour