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Top 11 Unusual and Exotic Flowers Around The World

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When it comes to flowers, there are hundreds of thousands of different varieties, some more unique than others. In different parts of the world, you will find regional-specific traits that make a flower stand out against the rest.

To find the most unusual flowers, traveling around the world—metaphorically, of course—is a must. Let’s explore some of the most unusual and exotic flowers from around the world. 

#1. Lady Slipper Orchid

Lady's slipper orchids

The lady slipper orchid is native to North America and some parts of Europe. What makes this flower unique is the shape of the flowers themselves. 

The flowers resemble a lady’s slipper, which is an unusual shape for a flower. The blooms have a small opening near the front but are otherwise completely closed in. Color varieties come in pinks, purples, whites, and yellows. 

#2. Jade Vine

jade vine flower
Jade Vine photo by 阿橋 HQ | Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The jade vine is another unusual looking flower and is native to the Philippines. The flowers that come from the jade vine are short, claw-shaped, and are a jade green, which is where the name originated from.

These claw-like flowers grow in clusters, making for a particularly unusual site when in bloom. Another aspect that makes this plant unique is its stems which grow in a tight and twisted fashion.

#3. Bat Flower

black bat flower

The bat flower gets its name from the shape the plant creates when in bloom, which looks similar to a bat. The flowers are dark purple that can appear black in certain plants.

There are also two leaves that are positioned above the flowers that resemble the wings of a bat, completing the picture. These leaves are generally a dark color, but in some varieties they are white. These flowers are native to Southeast Asia. 

#4. Sea Poison Tree

sea poison tree flower

The sea poison tree has an unusual name, with an unusual look to match. Native to tropical Asia and islands in the Indian and Pacific Ocean, these plants grow near the sea.

The sea poison tree flowers are stringy and look similar to a pom-pom when in bloom. They are bronze in color and have pink tips. These flowers are known to attract large moths and bats at night.

#5. Common Sundew

common sundew

The common sundew, also known as the round-leaved sundew or Drosera rotundifolia, is actually a carnivorous plant that can be found in the Adirondack mountains.

The name sundew comes from the small drops of dew that form on the tips of the flower. This dew is not actually dew but is a sticky substance that specializes in catching and trapping small insects. 

#6. Sea Holly

sea holly oxford blue

The sea holly flowers are native to Britain and can be found on their dunes and beaches. What makes the sea holly unusual is its feather-like blooms that surround the head of the flower. 

These blooms are generally purple in color but can be found in green and white as well. A majority of these blooms will have a silver tint to them as well, adding to their unique features. 

#7. Eucalyptus Flower

eucalyptus flower

Native to Australia, the eucalyptus flower is another highly unusual-looking flower. What stands out the most is the thread-like blooms that come from the center of the flower head.

These blooms are generally red or pink in color and will have a yellow center. Some varieties will have a yellow tip on the end of each thread.

#8. Corpse Flower

corpse flower

The corpse flower has an incredibly unappealing name, but for a good reason. When in bloom, the corpse flower has been known to smell like rotting flesh— disgusting, I know.

The blooms from these flowers are some of the largest in the world, some measuring up to three feet wide. Growing around 1,000 meters above the sea level, these flowers are native to Sumatra and Borneo.

#9. Pitcher Plant

pitcher plant

The pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant that entices its prey with sweet nectar that leads to a slippery slope inside the pitcher-shaped flower. Once the prey falls inside the pitcher flower, it becomes trapped and is slowly dissolved within the flower.

This is how the plant obtains its nutrients. The pitcher plant is native to Madagascar, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

#10. Bat Face Cuphea

bat face cuphea
Cuphea llavea photo by 阿橋 HQ | Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

One quick glance at this flower and you will be able to understand where the name comes from. The bloom of the flower closely resembles a bat’s face and has a dark purple center to match. 

Although the center is generally dark purple, the blooms on top are a vibrant red. The bat face cuphea is often grown to attract wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds; it is native to Mexico.

#11. Gibraltar Campion

Gibraltar campion
Gibraltar Campion photo by gailhampshire | Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Last but not least is the Gibraltar Campion. This flower can only be found on the sky-high cliffs of Gibraltar, a country that sits at the very tip of the Iberian Peninsula. Back in the 1980s, this plant was thought to be extinct. However, it was rediscovered in 1994 and is now propagated in botanical gardens and other environments all around the world. 

Still rare, this flowering plant has gorgeous bilobed flowers that can be light purple to pink. As a perennial, it grows up to 16 inches tall.

What is the rarest flower in the world?

When it comes to unusual and exotic flowers, there are several varieties that you may not have heard about before. You may assume that these flowers are rare—and some are—but oftentimes, they simply grow in a region where you do not live or visit often.

That being said, there are some incredibly rare flowers, and the one that is considered rarest is the Middlemist Red.

Currently, there are only two known middlemist red plants in existence. One of these plants can be found in New Zealand while the other is in Britain. The middlemist red is native to China and some surrounding areas but has been wiped out of its native home.

While you may have a good chance at admiring some of the flowers mentioned above, chances are slim that you will have the opportunity to encounter a middlemist red flower.

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