7 Orchids That Look Like Different Animals
Orchids are beautiful and itricate flowers that are gratifying to cultivate but their intricacy may go far beyond of what you might expect. These eight orchids look like recognizable animals including one insect, a bee. These are rare and probably impossible to find but amazing to know about anyway.
Orchids That Look Like Animals
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Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana major)
Caleana major looks like a duck caught in a moment of taking off or mid-flight. Native to eastern and southern Australia it grows up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall and features 2 or more flowers. There is also a Small Duck Orchid also known as Paracaleana minor that too can be found in Australia and also New Zealand.
There actually two orchids that resemble monkeys one more than the other. There is an Orchis Simia that looks more like a Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica) that can be found in central and southern Europe. And there is a Dracula simia orchid that strongly resembles a monkey face. Native to Peru, Mexico, Cambodia, Ecuador, and Central America the plant weirdly enough prefers relative cold and shadow.
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Orchis simia a.k.a Monkey orchid looks like a man figure in a hood.
Laughing Bumblebee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)
Aptly named Orphys apifera looks like an adorable cartoonish bumbleebee that is really happy about something. The flowers of the genus reproduce by imitating female insects attracting male ones for mating and as a result pollination. Can be found in Central and southern Europe and North Africa.
White Egret Orchid (Habenaria radiata)
Coming from Asia White Egret Flower or Sagi-sou (in Japanese), is a beautiful white flower with fringed petals that look like wings and a center that looks like a bird’s neck. You can grow it in a garden, in partial shade, in Zone 5.
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Dove Orchid (Peristeria elata)
This beautiful orchid that resembles a white dove sitting in a flower cup is unfortunately facing extinction and is on the list of endangered plants. Native to Central America, Ecuador and Venezuela the dove orchid is a national flower of the Republic of Panama.
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
Weirdly enough this orchid looks nothing like a moth at least not in those close ups. To really appreciate the resemblance you should actually zoom out and look at the whole flower. Then its petals kind of look like moth wings to an extent. In a close up though the center of the flower looks like a recognizable bird head. Interesting enough this orchid can also have a red dotted center that at some angles can look like a tiger head.
It grows at home and flowers all year round, if provided with enough light in winter but is kept from direct sunlight in summer.
There are many more interesting orchids out there that may remind you of something else but they are not as well recognizable as these ones. Or a Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina) that totally looks like parrots.