Aristolochia salvadorensis

This poisonous plant native to Brazil is nicknamed “Darth Vader flower” because of its resemblance to the very famous Star Wars character. Indeed, there are cream-colored “sockets” lined with purple hairs, which in addition to having the appearance of a sinister mask, give off a nauseating odor. You are not likely to come across it much because it only grows in the humid regions of South America, especially in Brazil.

Rafflesia Arnoldii

This gigantic flower is officially the largest in the world. Native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia, this plant has a unique appearance reminiscent of a sci-fi movie. Ochre, it sports five petals blistered with lighter pustules and distributed around a sort of well. This flower, without stem or roots, gives off a smell of spoiled meat intended to attract flies, which earned it its nickname “corpse flower”.

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This plant commonly called “Cape daisy” is native to South Africa. While some resemble the daisies we know, others have petals rolled up on themselves which give them the appearance of small antennae. This variety is nicknamed Osteospermum pink whirls either pink swirls.

Ophrys bombyliflora

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This terrestrial orchid has a very singular appearance by the size and the round shape of its labellum which evokes a small teddy bear. For others, its shape is closer to the abdomen of a butterfly and it is from this resemblance that it takes its name fromOphrys bombyx. A Mediterranean orchid, it rarely grows in mainland France except in a few areas of Aude, Hérault and the Côte d’Azur.

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Hoya carnosa

Hoya carnosa is a semi-tropical plant native to the tropical or subtropical forests of Asia. Nicknamed “wax flowers” or “porcelain flowers”, these delicate blooms are velvety star-shaped, white or pearly pink.

Spectabile Zingiber

Native to the rainforests of Malaysia, this flower resembles a beehive. Dubbed in English Beehive Ginger either beehive ginger, the Spectabile Zingiber gives off, indeed, a smell of ginger and its roots are even used to make cakes, a spice for drinks or breads and cookies.

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Psychotria Elata

A species from the tropical rainforests of Latin America, this plant is nicknamed the “kissing plant” or “hot lips” because of the resemblance of its flowers to red lips.

dracula simia

There dracula simia is native to the mountains of Peru and Ecuador. Its name literally means “little monkey dragon” due to its striking resemblance to a sign head. Some associate the term Dracula with the long hook-like spikes that emerge from its petals, a feature that also gives it a bit of a vampire-like head.

tacca chantrieri

This perennial plant grows naturally in the rainforests of Southeast Asia. Nicknamed “bat plant” or even “devil’s flower”, its very dark green or brown flowers are draped in long filaments reminiscent of a bat.

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This shrub of Australian origin produces colorful flowers: red, pink, yellow, orange or even white. Its particular and abundant flowering is composed of small flowers without petals, gathered in inflorescences in the shape of spiders, umbels, globose, cylindrical or unilateral.

Welwitschia Mirabilis

This plant only grows naturally in the coastal deserts of southern Africa in Namibia and Angola. Unique representative of its kind, the Welwitschia Mirabilis is distinguished by its two large linear leaves that grow indefinitely in opposite directions. Some of the observed specimens of this species are between 1,000 and 2,000 years old.

Hydnora Africana

This unique plant native to southern Africa, contains neither chlorophyll nor leaves. Its flower is nicknamed “jakkalskos” or jackal food because it gives off a foul smell intended to attract its natural pollinators.

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Caleana Major

This small, terrestrial orchid is commonly called the “flying duck orchid” because of its flower. Indeed, its purple, dark red and green flowers strangely resemble a duck in flight.

Lithops verruculosa

This strange plant grows mainly in the deserts of Namibia and South Africa. Its resemblance to a pebble is deceptive and earned it its name, which literally means “resembling a stone covered with warts”. It produces flowers of various colors, often yellow or white.

Oxalis Versicolor

South African bulbous plant, theOxalis Versicolor produces a two-tone red and white bloom that gives its trumpet flowers the appearance of a lollipop, candy cane, or carton.

Amorphophallus Titanum

I’Amorphophallus Titanum is an endemic species of the tropical rainforests of Sumatra. Its inflorescence is one of the tallest in the world. Its giant flower, creamy yellow in color, can reach 2 meters in height and is accompanied by a fetid smell. Luckily, its flowering only lasts 72 hours.


This perennial plant grows in clearings and on the banks of South African rivers. Nicknamed “bird of paradise”, its brightly colored flowers take on the appearance of exotic birds.

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Passiflora incarnata

Passionflower is a climbing plant that grows especially in mild climates, also cultivated for its medicinal properties. Its impressive flowers usually feature white or purple petals with pink, purple or blue filaments.


A wild plant from Australia, the banksia is recognizable by its flowering, made of cylindrical spikes composed of hundreds of pale yellow flowers.

Calceolaria uniflora

This perennial plant native to South America and more particularly to the Andes Cordillera, produces flowers nicknamed “Happy Alien”. Discovered by Darwin, these unusual-looking flowers attract insects but also birds such as the Chilean hummingbird.

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