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From monkey face to naked man: The 12 weirdest phalaenopsis orchid types

Even the most common varieties of orchids are prized for their unique shapes and colors, but the phalaenopsis orchid family also includes some seriously wacky-looking species. Here are 13 of the most unusual varieties.

 

Dracula simia

Also known as the monkey orchid or monkey face orchid, this bizarre flower bears an uncanny resemblance to a baboon’s face. A rare species, the Dracula simia is found in the cloud forests of southeastern Ecuador and Peru.

Photo source: Dracula-species.eu

 

Drakaea orchid

An endangered genus, the Drakaea orchid is often referred to as the “hammer orchid” for its unique shape and movement.

Photo source: Creative Commons/Mark Brundrett

 

Habenaria radiata

Also called the white egret orchid, the Habenaria radiata is known for its beautiful white petals that spread to the sides like wings on a bird. It’s the official flower of Setagaya ward, Tokyo, and can be found in China, Japan, Korea and Russia.

Photo source: Creative Commons/Open Cage

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Submitted by Denise Tanner on

There are no flowers in the world, it appears, that can mimic or look like, purely by design, other living things....they amaze and delight me no end!

Orchids rule!!

Submitted by BARBARA HILAL on

We should be grateful to live among such wonders!

Submitted by bj meadow on

isn't God's creation wondrous!!! These are awesome flowers. But I would call the last one the happy orchid. It sure looks like it has a big grin on its "face".

Submitted by Yootha on

Leave "god" out of it thank you very much. These plants evolved just fine on their own.

Submitted by Gaddinator on

Why would you rather believe in a million-billion instances of freak chance creating the universe and this beautiful world we live on than to believe in an intelligent Creator? Seems to me it takes a lot more blind faith to believe in evolution than creation.

Submitted by JeepMama on

You're a bigot, did you know that? You must be so proud.

Submitted by Don J. on

Brain damaged atheist. Not much in the intelligence area.

Submitted by cindy on

think about that for a minute...a million-billion instances of freak chance...really?? That would be impossible, it is the beauty and relevance of evolution not based on some fictitious work of some omnipotent persona that is creating and manipulating the universe

Submitted by Gaddinator on

So, in your interpretation of the universe, evolution is god. That is what your post boils down to. I never put a name, or face, to the Creator I referenced, but I regard the Creator as an intelligent force, not a mindless, directionless occurrence. You seem to attribute evolution with having at least basic intellect (in that it acts with a plan and not by chance), so that is your name for the Creator.

Submitted by N s on

Don't worry about all the bible crap! Where in the world can I find one?? I want it yesterday!
Wanting 4 of each, if possible

Submitted by D Stanley on

Where in Australia can I purchase orchards like the above? Would love to purchase a few of each if available in Australia

Submitted by von on

God exists believe it or not. If I am wrong there is nothing to fear,but what if you are wrong?

Submitted by von on

God exists believe it or not. If I am wrong there is nothing to fear,but what if you are wrong? The nature of God's beauty is in the beauty of nature. No man has an excuse to not believe, because of we see Him in all He has created.

Submitted by jeanne Maxwell on

Mind blowing,breathe taking amazing flowers! Who would have even thougyt of such a find!!!

Submitted by jeanne Maxwell on

Mind blowing,breathe taking amazing flowers! Who would have even thought of such a find!!! God's beautiful creations!!!

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