Freaky Friday Orchids

Posted on Apr 10, 2015
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Our most popular blog post of all time is our Monkey Faced Orchids post. You can’t get enough of our photos of orchids that look like monkey faces. They really do!

Orchids, like all flowers, exist in nature to facilitate pollination to continue their species. Flowers develop over time to attract certain friendly insects and birds, and to repel others. Some welcome bees, some are perfect for hummingbirds. The result of this functional need are orchids that look like bees, birds, and people. Even their colors develop in a way to attract the most desirable pollinators with the message “Hey everyone, tasty nectar right here!”

Orchid lovers like me get a big kick out of these unusual and entertaining shapes. For some Friday fun, Good Earth Plant Company shares a few orchids and other flowers we know you’ll like too.

Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora)

Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora)

White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)

 Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)

Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)

 

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Fly Orchid (Ophrys Insectifera)

Fly Orchid (Ophrys Insectifera)

Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii)

Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii)

Darth Vader (Aristolochia Salvadorensis)

Darth Vader (Aristolochia Salvadorensis)

Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria Elata) - we didn't name this, for the record!

Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria Elata) – we didn’t name this, for the record!

Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)

Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)

Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata)

Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata)

 

Monkey Faced Orchids (we love them too much to leave them out)

Monkey Faced Orchids (we love them too much to leave them out)