Unusual flowers brings attraction in our garden since they’re unique in their appearance and mystical beauty worthy of appreciation to florist and nursery operators.
They separates from the domesticated flowers and are bet a mystery as to their unusual natural characteristics hence they’re considered unusual flowers.
Below are lists of unusual flowers.
1. Corpse Lily (Rafflesia arnoldii). Discovered by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and company this flower a native of Sumatra , Java and eastern Malaysia, is unusual because of its smell like a rotten meat. Its flower start to form a cabbage-like bud on the root of the host plant and it would take nine months before it matures and open into beautiful red flower with white spots and exudes a disgusting odor similar to dead rotten animals. Its single flower weight around 11 kilos and produced about several gallons of nectar. And this is considered as the largest flower of the world measuring about 3 feet in diameter bloom and produces a thousands seeds. Corpse lily grows with the aid of a host plant where it gets to provide its roots, leaves, stem and even its chlorophyll needs.
2. Butterwort (Pinguicula). Called in Latin as Pinguicula, which means “little greasy one”, Butterwort is a unique plant that hide a slippery secret lip-like in appearance with a spur end rise on simple stems several inches into the air. Its leaves have a greasy substance like a glue secreted by thousands invisible glandular hairs used to catch insects. This glands that exudes produces acids and enzymes that coat the insects that are glued until dissolve its soft part. Butterwort composed about 70 species, but only few are recently discovered, while others are still open for discovery. The plant have typically circular and rosette form leaves with a musty or earthly smell that measures a few inches in diameter. Its flowers colored reddish, others are white, pink, purple or yellow are funnel-shaped, cupped or flat, with beards for some species and blooms in spring that last for a couple of months.
3. Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum). Discovered by Ordoardo Beccari in 1878, an Italian botanist, this plant is an appalling Mumbai to Shirdi Taxi in the garden because of its flower’s smell as bad as the corpse lily. Called as the “Worst smelling flower in the world”, titan arum is a native of Sumatra and is called “bugna bangkai’ or corpse flower because of its odor that emits a rotting flesh. The plant grows from a large tuber weight from 25 – 50 kilos. Once the tuber becomes dormant, the flower emerges which produces a large, petal-like leaf, the spathe, which forms a vase. The color of the outside spathe is green and the inside is red meat in color. From the center of the vase, a tapered column-like stem called spadix grows straight up with a heights of 6 feet or more with a 3-foot diameter. (Source: University of Connecticut).
4. Flor de Muerto (Lisianthius nigrescens). A native of Mexico, this plant is unusual because of its black color flower that looks like dead hence its called the “flower of the dead”. All its plant parts are colored black, from the leaves, petals, fruits, seeds and pollen. The tubular flowers hang downward from 6 foot stems in a seemingly wilted and withered state. Another unusual characteristics of this plant is how it survive without pollinating its flower by insects because it does not possess any attributes to attract pollinating insects.
5. Bladderwort (Utricularia). Look like a miniature orchids when in blooms, bladderwort is the largest and most wide-spread genus of carnivorous plants. These are mostly found from Alaskan swamps to tropical regions, making their homes in wet, mossy trees, fast streams and seasonal deserts. When drought strikes, they transform into tiny tubers to ride it out. Their flower ranges of different color combinations. Bladderwort survived by feeding on small aquatic insects, like water fleas, mosquito larvae and tadpoles.