Nature is filled with all sorts of flowers which are not only amazing but also strange. They range from the “living stone” to the corpse flower and not forgetting the moonflower. The interesting flower facts make it more interesting to study the flowers.
If you want to learn more about these interesting flowers continue reading, you will not be disappointed. The list contains those that smell sweet to those that smell like rotting meat. I even got to include the tiniest flower in the world!
The Black Bat Flower Facts
The black bat flower is quite unique as the entire flower is black.
The plant is in the yam family.
The bat-shaped flowers grow up to 12 inches and have long whiskers which can be as long as 28 inches.
The flowers are native to Thailand, southern China, and Malaysia.
The flower is named after bat because its center resembles several bat faces.
Hydnora Africana Flower Facts
The Hydnora Africana is also known as the “living dead” flower.
Instead of beautiful buds commonly found on flowers, the flower has snake-like scaly skin.
The flower is parasitic and attaches itself to the roots of the host to derives nutrients from it.
The flower emerges from the ground after a heavy rainfall and attracts pollinators through its strong and unpleasant odor.
The pollinators are trapped inside the flower for a few days alive to go and pollinate other flowers in the vicinity.
The flower produces a fruit that grows underground and takes about two years to ripen.
The fruit is eaten by porcupines, moles, and jackals. Humans use it for preserving and tanning fishnets.
Hydrangeas Flower Facts
Hydrangeas were first discovered in Japan.
The color of the hydrangeas is affected by the composition of the soil. When the soil is too alkaline the pink color is dominant and when the soil is acidic the blue color is dominant.
The flower is used in Asia to send a message of “you are my heartbeat”.
The flowers are also moderately toxic and should not be eaten.
Chocolate Cosmos Flower Facts
The chocolate cosmos produces a scent of dark chocolate with a hint of mint.
The flower is quite rare and no longer grows in the wild.
It is native to Mexico.
The petals range in color from dark brown to near black.
The Moonflower Facts
The flower unfurls at dusk and stays open throughout the night but closes up at the first contact with sunlight.
The moonflower is also commonly known as the datura.
The plant is highly poisonous if ingested and should be planted out of reach of pets and children.
The flower has different varieties some with lemon fragrance and others with blackcurrant swirl.
Beehive Ginger Flower Facts
All the parts of the flower have a strong ginger scent.
The flower grows to about 4.5 meters and has horn-shaped leaves and a cylindrical beehive shaped inflorescence.
The plant originated in Thailand and Malaysia before spreading to the rest of the world.
The leaves and rhizomes are edible and are used to flavor food.
The flower is also medicinal and is used to produce traditional medicine used to treat inflammation, burns, back pains and headaches.
The Skeleton Flower Facts
The flower is also often referred to as the “chameleon of the woods”.
The flower primarily grows in the wild.
It has an opaque white color and a yellowish center.
When the flower comes into contact with water, it becomes translucent exposing
the petal’s veins making the flowers look like small ice sculptures.
Upon drying the petals revert back to their white color.
The flower is native to Eastern Asia and the Eastern United States.
After the flowers shed, small blueberries grow from the stems.
Tulip Flower Facts
There are hundreds of varieties of tulips.
Tulip bulbs were once used as food to fight against hunger during the World war II.
They were also used as a form of currency and costed as much as the annual salary of an average man. The period was called the Tulip-mania.
Holland is the largest producer and exporter of tulips.
Lithops Flower Facts
The flower is native to South Africa.
It blends to the surrounding by having a stone like color, shape, and size.
The flower is also referred to as “living stones” or “pebble plants”.
The plants produce a white or yellow daisy-like flower from in-between the stone-like succulent stem.
The flower is easy to grow and often established as a houseplant across the world.
Sunflower Flower Facts
The sunflower is actually a cluster of hundreds of small flowers with single petals.
Young sunflowers usually track the sun (heliotropism) but when they mature they usually face east.
The flowers absorb up to 95% of radioactive materials from the soil and have been used to clean up nuclear disaster sites such as Chernobyl.
Sunflower seeds are edible and are widely eaten by humans as well as used to produce oil, animal feed, cosmetics, and margarine.
The Gold of Kinabalu Orchid Flower Facts
This beautiful flower is one of the rarest flowers in the world.
It costs an estimated $ 5,000 per stem which holds about three to four flowers.
The flower takes 15 years to grow and bloom.
The orchid is only found on the slopes of Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo Malaysia at the altitude of 500-1200 meters above sea level.
The Corpse Flower Facts
The corpse flower has a strong pungent smell like that of a rotting body or carcass.
It is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world and grows up to three meters high.
The flower grows for about 7-10 years before blooming. The odor is released mostly at night to attract pollinators. Some people describe the smell as a mixture of sweaty socks, rotting fish, and human poop.
Wolffia Flower Facts
Wolffia is the smallest flowering plant in the world.
The plants are aquatic and are found in freshwater lakes and marshes around the world.
The plants have no roots and float around on the surface of the water.
The flower itself is so tiny that it consists of one pistil and one stamen.
The average size of the entire plant is about 1 mm.
The plants float in pairs or clusters and are often collected an eaten as a vegetable in Asian countries.
Broccoli Flower Facts
Broccoli is a flower but most people know it as a vegetable.
The broccoli head is made up of hundreds of tiny compacted flower buds.
When they mature, they swell before opening up and revealing small yellow flowers.
Broccoli is widely grown as a high fiber vegetable and a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and potassium.
However, florists are yet to start using broccoli in flower arrangements. I mean, can you imagine a broccoli centerpiece?
Hooker Lips Flower Facts
The flower grows from a tropical tree known as Psychotria Elata that rarely exceeds 3 meters in height.
The flower is also known as the “hot lips plant”
The “red lips” are actually bracts which form prior to the appearance of the flower blossoms.
The unique shape and color of the temporary bracts are aimed at attracting hummingbirds to pollinate the flowers.
The flower blossoms are usually white in color.
Kadupul Flower Facts
The flower is also known as the “Queen of the night”.
The flower is a cactus. It is also mythical as it is associated with the “god of creation”.
It is also priceless as it only blooms at night and for only a few hours. Meaning that before morning it will have already withered making it impossible sell.
The flowers are about 30cm by 17cm and very fragrant.
It is native to Sri Lanka but has been naturalized in China.
Juliet Rose Flower Facts
The Juliet rose is the most expensive of the rose varieties. It is also the rarest in the world today making it widely sort by flower collectors.
In 2006, a grower sold his 15-year-old bloom for a sum of $15.8 million.
The flower was apricot-hued.
The rose is named after the romantic story of Romeo and Juliet written by Shakespeare.
The flower is known for its blushing beauty with delicate rose petals that are carefully arranged.
Swaddled Baby Orchid Facts
The swaddled baby orchid is also known as the Tulip Orchid.
However, it’s scientific name is Anguola Uniflora and was named after Francisco de Angulo a famous collector.
It is commonly found in Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador.
The center of the flower resembles a tiny baby swathed in a blanket, hence the name swaddled baby orchid.
The petals of the orchid have a cinnamon scent. They are also cream in color and very waxy.
Bird-of-paradise Flower Facts
The bird-of-paradise flower is also known as the crane flower.
The perennial plant is native to South Africa.
It is also the flower emblem of Los Angles.
The plants have coarse-textured and long leaves.
The exotic blooms are dramatic and brightly colored, they are also long-lasting.
Bleeding Hearts Flower Facts
The bleeding hearts are native to Asia.
The flower is a perennial herbaceous plant that blooms in April and May.
The heart-shaped flowers have a small “drop of blood” dangling at the bottom.
The flowers hang in a row from stems.
The flowers are mainly white or pink in color but can also be found in yellow and red colors.
The red and pink colored ones are used to symbolize romantic love while the white colored is used to symbolize purity.
The Bleeding hearts are poisonous and should be kept out of reach of children and pets.
Touch Ginger Flower Facts
The touch ginger is also known as the wild ginger, touch lily or the red ginger lily.
The flower is common in Indonesia.
The pink or red flower parts are used for decorative arrangements.
The other flower parts such as the buds, seeds, the trunk are used to cook different dishes especially sauces and fish.
The Pelican Flower Facts
The pelican flower is a deciduous vine that has one of the largest flowers in the world.
The flower is heart-shaped and can be as large as 20 cm wide and 60 cm long.
The flowers are mainly green and white in color with large visible purple/brown veins.
The flower has a rotting meat smell and a dark center aimed at attracting flies which are the primary pollinators.
In the past, the plant and the flowers were used for traditional medicine but the USDA has banned all compounds mad from the plant as it contains the carcinogenic toxin, aristolochic acid.
The Monkey Face Orchid Flower Facts
The rare monkey face orchid grows in Ecuador and Peru forests at elevations of 1,000-2000 meters.
The flower center resembles the face of a monkey. At the ends of the flower are two long spurs that hung downwards.
When fully blossomed, the flower also has a sweet ripe orange smell.
The Australian Underground Orchid Facts
The bizarre and quirky flower is an endangered orchid.
The flower is native to Australia and did not spread to any other parts of the world.
It is unique because it lives all its life underground and even blooms underground.
The flower has no green parts and gets its nutrients from the roots of the broom bush.
The flower head pushes through the surface to reveal tiny tightly packed dark maroon flowers.
The flower head is about 2-3 cm in size.
The flower is extremely rare and was classified in the IUCN Red List in 1997.
The Jade vines Flower Facts
The vine is also known as the turquoise jade vine or the emerald creeper.
It is a leguminous perennial, native to the tropical forests of the Philippines.
The Jade vine has long stems that can grow up to 20 meters long.
The flowers are claw-shaped and are carried as 75 or more pendants.
The entire flower structure extends as long as 3 meters making it a spectacle to look at.
The turquoise color and the nectar produced by the flowers attracts bats which are the primary pollinators.
The flowers natural habitat has been destroyed and it is endangered.