Top 10 Rarest Flowers in the World
Flowers are one of nature's most beautiful gifts - blooming in various colors and intoxicating aromas. It is a pity therefore that some dwindle in number. Below are some of the truly rare and most beautiful flowers in the world. Or at least very interesting. Enjoy.
The cape sundew (Drosera capensis) is a carnivorous plant that is a native of the Cape in South Africa. It traps insects or arthropods using a sticky substance that it secretes. The self-pollinating flowers of the species have five petals and are brightly colored.
The corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is considered as the largest unbranched flower in the world. The common name of the species is derived from the odor, described as similar to decomposing animal flesh) that it emits. The corpse flower can be found in several southeast Asian countries.
Found in forests in Cuba and Florida, the ghost orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) is an endagered orchid species in the wild. The flowers emit fragrant odors and they blossom between the months of June and August. The state of Florida has enacted laws protecting the species.
Native to China, Japan and Korea, the Middlemist's red (Camellia japonica) can only be found in the Chiswick House Gardens in London, England and in a New Zealand garden as of 2010. The species, which belongs to the camellia family, is named after John Middlemist who brought the species from China in 1806.
Schweinitz's sunflower (Helianthus schweinitzii) is one of the rarest plants in the United State. It is endemic to North and South Carolina and is classified as a perennial wildflower. The species is named after its discovere, the botanist and clergyman Lewis David von Schweinitz.
The seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconiodes) is an ornamental plant that is popular for its intoxicating aroma and attractive peeling bark during winter. It's a native of China and can be found in non-desert areas of the United States.
Showy Lady's Slipper
Also known as queen's Lady-slipper, the showy lady's slipper (Cypripedium reginae) is an orchid that is a native to northern North America. The species is very difficult to grow that is believed that even Charles Darwin failed at cultivating the plant.
Endemic to Hawaii, the silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense) is protected by federal laws because it is threatened. It is found on mountains with elevations of 2,100 to 2,600 meters. At present, it is believed that there may be less than 50 individuals left.
Wild Blue Lupine
Due to widespread industrialization, particularly in the eastern United States, the population of the wild blue lupine (Lupinus perennis) - also maid's bonnet, Indian beet - is on a decline. The species is used for its medicinal properties and a favorite among caterpillars.
The mysterious Youtan Polou has no scientific name and its Chinese discoverer in South Korea claimed that the plant can grow on steel. Adding more mystery to the plant is the belief that it can be found in Indian myth as well as Buddhist scriptures and that it only blooms every 3000 years.