PECULIAR AND UNIQUE PLANTS
Added on: 12th Oct 2016
First discovered on a small island off the east coast of
New Guinea in 1653, the moth orchid has a uniform
structure that makes the identification easy. Nowadays,
this orchid species is usually found in the eastern
to south eastern regions of Asia.
Scientifically known as Calceolaria Uniflora, the Darwin’s
slipper is a perennial plant of the genus Calceolaria, known
as the slipperworts. Originated from Tierra del Fuego in the
southern part of South America, it is a mountain plant
which grows only 10cm (4in) tall. The flowers are a
compound of yellow, white and brownish red.
Endemic to certain parts of Borneo, Nepenthes rajah is
an insectivorous pitcher plant of the Nepenthaceae family.
It grows exclusively on serpentine substrates, particularly
in areas of seeping ground water where the soil is loose
and permanently moist. Due to its very confined and
localized distribution, the plant is classified as an
Also known as the emerald vine, the jade vine is a species
of leguminous perennial woody vine native of the
tropical forests of the Philippines. A close relative to
regular beans, the plant has very long stems that
can reach up to 18metres (60ft) in length.
One of the species in the Berberidaceae family, the
skeleton flower (scientifically known as Diphylleia grayi)
is a little herb notable for its white petals that turn
transparent with rain. When dry, they revert to white again.
FLYING DUCK ORCHID
The flying duck orchid is a small orchid found in eastern
and southern Australia. This terrestrial plant features a
remarkable flower, resembling a duck in flight. The flower
is an attractant to insects, such as male sawflies
which pollinate the flower in a process known as
Commonly also called purple passionflower, wild apricot
or wild passion vine, maypop is a fast growing
perennial vine with climbing or trailing stems. A member
of the passionflower genus Passiflora, the maypop has
large, intricate flowers with prominent styles and stamens.
One of the hardiest species of passionflower, it is a
common wildflower in the southern US.
One of the so called carrion plants, the starfish flower is a
Bizarrely looking flowering plant that emits a repugnant
smell of dead flesh. Despite this characteristic, the
plant is very popular among gardeners and collectors
who value it for its unusual appearance and vivid colour.