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I was really intrigued when I saw a monkey orchid in Singapore orchid gardens. Believe me, it was looking exactly like a monkey. I got really inspired after seeing that weird flower and thought of doing a research on various weird looking flowers. I got a huge collection of rare and mysterious pictures of orchids and other flowers.
If you are a nature enthusiast, you will really enjoy this collection of flowers. This collection includes various rare orchids, tulips etc. Some of these flowers can be grown in your small garden and it can be a decor for your home.
Lets take a look at 33 of these amazing collection of rare and mysterious flowers: Here u get 30 exotic and colourful garden flowers.
1. Monkey Orchid
Scientific Name : Dracula saulii
2. Hooker’s Lips
Scientific Name : Psychotria elata
The bright red color of this flower attracts pollinators like humming bird. Commonly found in the rain forests of Central and South America. The flower looks like a pair of lips in its budding stage before fully blooming into a flower.
3. Naked Man Orchid
Scientific Name : Orchis italica
Commonly found in the Mediterranean. The lip of this orchid looks just like a man and hence called Naked man orchid.
Naked Man Orchid
4. Ice cream tulip
Scientific Name : Tulipa icecream
This flower definitely lives up to its name and looks exactly like a delicious ice cream cone. White petals are closely mounted against one another and form a central cone. Its visual appeal makes it a center-piece in any garden.
ice cream tulip
5. Moth Orchid
Scientific Name : Phalaenopsis
This is the most common orchid variety due to its ease of production and the availability of blooming plants all year-round. Found in Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Southern China, the Indian Subcontinent and Queensland.
6. Dancing Girls
Scientific Name : Impatiens bequaertii
Commonly found in the rain forests of East Africa. This flower is very small, about half inch in length.
7. Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid
Scientific Name : Ophrys bombyliflora
Comes under bee orchid species. This plant is a native of the Mediterranean region. It’s named after the Greek word bombylios, meaning bumble bee.
Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid
8. Swaddled Babies
Scientific Name : Anguloa uniflora
The flowers of this orchid resembles babies sleeping in a cradle. Commonly found in parts of South America.
9. Parrot Flower
10. Flying Duck Orchid
Scientific Name : Caleana major
This bright colored flower is a native of Australia. The bright purple color attracts pollinating agents.
Flying Duck Orchid
11. Tiger faced orchid
The center portion of this orchid flower looks exactly like the face of a tiger, as evident from the image below.
Tiger faced orchid
12. Happy Alien
Scientific Name : Calceolaria uniflora
This mountain plant is commonly found in the southern part of South America. Its combination of red, white and yellow colors makes it look like an alien.
13. Angel Orchid
Scientific Name : Habenaria grandifloriformis
This flower is white in color and the arrangement of petals makes it look like an angel. Commonly found in the grasslands of Southern India.
14. Dove Orchid
Scientific Name : Peristeria elata
A Native of Central America, the central portion of this white flower resembles a dove. Also called Holy Ghost Orchid.
15. Ballerina Orchid
Scientific Name : Caladenia melanema
This orchid exactly looks like a ballerina dancer. Commonly found in Australia.
16. White Egret Orchid
Scientific Name : Habenaria radiata
This orchid flower looks like a white egret in flight. Found in China, Japan, Korea and Russia.
White Egret Orchid
17. Jewel Orchid
Scientific Name : Anoectochilus geniculatus
These are so named because of the stunning patterns and coloration of their dramatic foliage.
18. Darth Vader Flower
Scientific Name : Aristolochia salvadorensis
This flower looks like the mask of popular Star Wars character Darth Vader and hence the name.
Darth Vader flower
19. Grey Spider Flower
Scientific Name : Grevillea buxifolia
This flower has yellowish and white petals, with stalks covered in reddish brown hairs. The arrangement makes it look like a grey spider. Commonly found in New South Wales in Australia.
Grey Spider Flower
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20. Sara Tree Flower
Scientific Name : Couroupita guianensis
Also known as Cannonball Tree Flower, this is a native to the rain forests of Central and South America.
Sara Tree Flower
21. Mirror Orchid
Scientific Name : Ophrys speculum
This petals of this unique orchid resembles a female wasp. Male wasps, thinking that the petals are a female, land on them and helps in pollination.
22. Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid
Scientific Name : Cypripedium acaule
This flower is commonly found in Canada. The petals are yellowish-brown to maroon in color with a large pouch that is usually a shade of pink. The pouch is prominent and gives this flower a lady’s slipper like look.
Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid
23. Lily-of-the-Valley Flower
Scientific Name : Convallaria majalis
Lily of the valley plants are one of the most fragrant and blooming plants in the spring and early summer throughout the northern temperate zone.
24. Bird of Paradise
Scientific Name : Strelitzia reginae
Also called Crane flower. This flower is a native of South Africa.
Bird of Paradise
25. Passiflora Violacea Victoria
This flower is purple in color with a dark center and white filament tips.
Passiflora Violacea Victoria
26. Paracaleana Nigrita
This flower resembles a bird in flight. Its a native of Australia.
27. Fly Orchid
Scientific Name : Ophrys insectifera
This orchid flower looks just like a fly and so it is called fly orchid. Commonly found in Europe.
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28. Skeleton Flower
Scientific Name : Diphylleia grayi
This flower is called skeleton flower because its petals turn crystal clear when they make contact with water. When dry, the flower is white in color!!!
29. The Bat Flower
Scientific Name : Tacca Chantrieri
This flower is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China. This flower is also called Devil’s flower, thanks to its devil like appearance.
The bat flower
Scientific Name : Ceropegia Haygarthii
The name of this flower was derived from the words ‘keros’ meaning wax and ‘pege’ meaning fountain. As the name suggests, this flower looks like a fountain of wax. Also called parachute flower or lantern flower. Commonly found in Africa, southern Asia and Australia.
31. Jungle Night Flower
Scientific Name : Amorphophallus paeoniifolius
This is the flower of elephant foot yam or stink lily, which is a tropical tuber crop grown in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Jungle Night Flower
32. Flame Lily
Scientific Name : Gloriosa superba
This flower, with its spectacular array of yellow and red colored petals, looks like a flame. Also known by the name fire lily. Commonly found in Asia and Africa.
33. Jeweled Carpet Flower
The arrangement of petals gives this flower a jewel – like appearance and hence called so.
Jeweled Carpet FlowerSource: Small Garden Ideas
“Painting takes me to another world where I am as free as a bird,” says Judhaiya Baiga. She says this is her way of putting her village on the global map and keeping her traditions alive.
Judhaiya Bai Baiga’s painting recently travelled all the way to a Milan exhibition in Italy and was sold instantly. This was not the first time Baiga’s painting was displayed in an exhibition along with paintings of other talented artists.
A resident of Lorha village in Madhya Pradesh, 80-year-old Baiga who belongs to a tribal community, has the distinction of seeing her art travelling to several art galleries in India and abroad.
“Age or fame has nothing to do with the errors. Perfecting any art is a myth as there is always scope for improvement,” Baiga repeats the sentence from the other end of the phone in case the message was not heard.
Despite being a Diwali week, Baiga is kind enough to oblige for an interview. The excitement to share tales of her village and paintings is clearly evident in her voice.
When asked how she feels about getting international recognition, she says, “It has not changed my life as such. But yes, a change can be seen as more and more women, including my daughter-in-law are taking an interest in painting. Some of these women always wanted to paint but did not have avenues back then.”
How Age Worked In Baiga’s Favour
Baiga belongs to a tribal community heavily dependent on forest resources for their livelihood and some engage in menial jobs. Education, roads and employment are still to reach the interiors of the region.
She lost her husband when she turned 40 and now lives with her two sons. Her only daughter is now married.
Baiga decided to start her second innings with a colourful attitude, literally.
Happy in their world, her community loves to dress in the brightest and most colourful clothes and lead life with the belief that there is no substitute to hard work.
This is probably the reason why Baiga took up painting at 70, an age when most people retire and indulge in rest. But Baiga, who worked in the fields for most of her life, finds relaxation in painting.
“Painting takes me to another world where I am as free as a bird. When I learnt about a teacher who is willing to teach for free in our village, I decided to give painting a try, something I was never interested in. Yet, on the very first day, I found my passion,” says Baiga.
She joined Ashish Swami, a well-known art teacher and an alumnus of Shantiniketan, West Bengal. He runs his studio ‘Jangan Tasweerkhana’ in several tribal belts of Madhya Pradesh to prevent local cultures and traditions from becoming extinct.
“We have such rich cultures across India that are on the verge of dying. Painting is an effective means to save them. By articulating the local practices or customs in paintings, we can also tell other people about local traditions,” Swami tells TBI.
Almost a decade ago, Swami opened a studio in a small room of Baiga’s village. He teaches painting for free and also helps them get fair monetary value through art dealings. Close to 15 local women have been a part of Swami’s classes for the past ten years.
Swami, particularly enjoys teaching people from Lorha village because of their peculiar imagination that colours the canvas.
“Even if they draw something as basic as a tree, their outlook is so different from the rest. They manage to capture innocence in wild animals and serenity in clouds. Their definition of a perfect nature lies in the harmony or co-existence between trees, birds, animals, water bodies and humans,” he explains.
Initially, Baiga and Swami would be happy with whatever amount the painting would be sold at. But soon, they realised the value of the paintings and stood firm on their quotations.
“Paintings are sold on craft and not on how creative they are. We are trying to change that and promote creativity by taking the painters to exhibitions that take place across India. Currently, paintings by Baiga are valued anything between Rs 300 to Rs 8,000,” he says.
While Baiga is content with the money her paintings are making, it is not the motivating factor behind her passion. For Baiga, its her way of putting her village on the global map and keeping traditions alive.
People like Baiga prove that there is no age to learning, and even nature can educate, one only has to be receptive.
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