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10 of the World’s Strange-looking Flowers

Apurva Neurgaonkar
Flowers have always been associated with love, friendship, morality and beauty. With the variety in their shapes and colors, they make the world a beautiful place. Do you know of some flowers that look strange yet so lovely?
Local to Southeast Asia, Philippines, and northern Australia, the Moth Orchid, as its name suggests, looks like a moth in flight. Coming in every shade of the rainbow, this orchid has different sprouting seasons.
These apiary Gingers might look like they come from the pine family, but are actually related to the ginger plant. Minimal "cups" alternately "honeycombs" (actually called bracts) will gather water and produce a gingery smell.
The flowers are tiny and white, sometimes resembling honeybees, and they appear between these bracts. These bracts themselves turn from exquisite yellow and brilliant hues to red.
Native to the rainforests of the Philippines and found in a scattered group of 71,000 islands in tropical Asia, Jade Vine is the most beautiful and elegant of tropical climbers with its long descending translucent jade-green flowers beneath a canopy of pale green foliage.
Closely related to the kidney bean and runner bean group, it is a member of the same family as peas and beans.
Amidst the debate whether the Corpse blossom is really Rafflesia keithii or Titan arum, this bloom is grim, excellent. Known for its parasitic properties, Corpse blossom has no stem, leaves or roots, which has given rise to an argument whether it is a bloom or a growth. However, don't take in its aroma too profoundly.
The Parrot flower, a native of Thailand, is endangered and is not permitted to leave the nation. The cool thing about the blossom of this uncommon type of balsam is that when you take a look at its side profile, it looks simply like a parrot or cockatoo in flight!
The Passion flower has more than 400 unique assortments and is known as the Clock flower in India and Japan. When it was initially found by Spanish missionaries, it was given its name on account of its similarity to components in the tale of Jesus' torturous killing, which is additionally called "The Passion".
The Dove or Holy Ghost Orchid produces delicately carved flowers in the shape of small doves. These plants, native to and the national flower of Panama, if you take a closer look, look like small doves as if carved out of ivory, perched inside them.
This wonder of nature which vaguely resembles the famous Sherlock pipe, famous in Holland, is a Brazilian native. It is also called Giant Pelican plant and has a foul smell despite its impressive looks. It is known to confuse the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly which mistakes it to be its native host plant.
One of nature's dainty beauties, this plant is both a climber and scrambler. Also known as Glory Lily, this plant grows in many parts of the world and is used as an ornamental plant.
Like most lilies, the Flame lily is considered poisonous to humans and animals, especially cats. It is considered to be a weed that flourishes in sandy soil conditions. One weed you would love to have in the backyard, right?
Found in Siberia, Japan, northern China, and Korea, the Lamprocapnos is a flowering plant of the poppy family. The bud peculiarly resembles the shape of a heart with a droplet below it, thus earning it the name 'Bleeding Heart'. But as the flower blossoms, it reveals the white inner parts, mostly known as the 'lady in bath'.
There are many more flowers some of which resemble cute little babies in swaddling, or look freakish like Darth Vader, or like kissable lips, it's just Mother Nature's way of showing her creativity at the least expected places.