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17 Extraordinary Flowers That Seem to Be Another Thing

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The flower, as a reproductive organ, evolved with a single primary purpose in mind – to attract pollinators, such as insects or birds. This function has driven its surprising evolutionary explosion with different colors and shapes, some of which even resemble several recognizable figures, plants or animals.

The colors of these striking orchids attract insects and birds, signaling that these flowers are full of tasty nectar. Their shapes, on the other hand, often evolve to attract or accommodate specific pollinators while deterring parasites or other less desirable pollinators. Some flowers are more welcoming to bees, while others are perfect for hummingbirds or different insects.

1) Monkey Orchid (Dracula simia)
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2) Orchid Moth (Phalaenopsis)
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3) Homem-Peludo Orchid (Orchis italica)
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4) Kiss-flower (Psychotria elata)
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5) Orquídea Menina Dançarina (Impatiens bequaertii)
6) Bee Orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora)
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7) Baby Orchid in the Cradle (Anguloa uniflora)
8) Parrot Flower (Impatiens psittacina)
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9) Skull Flower (Antirrhinum)
10) Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana major)
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11) Tiger Orchid
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12) Alien Orchid (Calceolaria uniflora)
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13) Angel Orchid (Habenaria grandifloriformis)
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14) Pigeon Orchid (Peristeria elata)
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15) Ballerina Orchid
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16) Great Egret Orchid (Habenaria radiata)
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17) Darth Vader Orchid (Aristolochia salvadorensis)
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