10 of the World’s Weirdest Flowers

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#8 Moon Orchid

World’s Weirdest Flowers

Phalaenopsis amabilis Photo: worldoffloweringplants.com

Quite different to most other orchid species, the moon orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis) has a much shorter stem than other orchids. It also has the largest flower, measuring from seven to ten centimetres, and on average only about five fleshy leaves. One of the whitest flowers of all the orchids, it is endemic to eastern and southeastern Asia (specifically Indonesian and China), and was officially discovered in 1825. It is one of Indonesia’s three national flowers, the others being Rafflesia arnoldii and Jasminum sambac.

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