17 Flowers That Look Like Something Else

The flower, as a reproductive organ, evolved with one primary purpose in mind – to attract pollinators like insects or birds. This function has driven their astounding evolutionary explosion of distinct colors and shapes, some of which have even come to resemble various recognizable figures, plants or animals.

The colors of these flamboyant 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 dissuading parasites or other, less desirable pollinators. Some flowers are more welcoming to bees, while others are perfect for hummingbirds or different insects.

Their stunning colors and biodiversity have attracted another type of creature as well – us. Orchid lovers value flowers like these for their resemblance to other recognizable objects which, while coincidental, is still definitely entertaining!

Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)

Dracula SimiaSource: avaxnews.net

Dracula Simia 2

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Dracula Simia 3

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Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)


Image credits: Christian Kneidinger

Phalaenopsis 2

Image credits: José Roberto Rodrigues Araújo

Phalaenopsis 3

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Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)

Orchis Italica

Image credits: Ana Retamero

Orchis Italica 2

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Orchis Italica 3

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Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria Elata)

Psychotria Elata

Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii)

Impatiens Bequaertii

Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora)

Ophrys bomybliflora

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Ophrys bomybliflora 2

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Ophrys bomybliflora 3

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Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

Anguloa Uniflora

Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)

Impatiens Psittacina

Impatiens Psittacina 2

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Impatiens Psittacina 3

Image credits: Bruce Kekule

Snap Dragon Seed Pod (Antirrhinum)


Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)

Caleana Major

Image credits: Michael Prideaux

Caleana Major 2

Image credits: Robert Andrew Price

Orchid That Looks Like A Tiger

Orchid That Looks Like A Tiger

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Happy Alien (Calceolaria Uniflora)

Calceolaria Uniflora

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Calceolaria Uniflora 2

Image credits: Julio Martinich

Angel Orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis)

Habenaria Grandifloriformis

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Habenaria Grandifloriformis 2

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Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata)

Peristeria Elata

Image credits: Saji Antony

Peristeria Elata 2

Image credits: Reji

Peristeria Elata 3

Image credits: M.a.h.S

Orchid That Looks Like A Ballerina

Orchid That Looks Like A Ballerina

Image credits: Tere Montero

White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

Habenaria Radiata

Image credits: Rachel Scott-Renouf

Habenaria Radiata 2

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Habenaria Radiata 3

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Darth Vader (Aristolochia Salvadorensis)

Aristolochia Salvadorensis

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Aristolochia Salvadorensis 2

Aristolochia Salvadorensis 3

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Impatiens Psittacina