요 괴상한 꽃들로 만든 부케는 장미를 능가하겠지요.
모든 사람들은 꽃을 사랑하죠. 그것은 아름답고 냄새가 향기롭고 집안을 환하게 하기 때문이죠. 꽃 집에 가면 수많은 꽃들이 있지요. 그러나 요런 괴상한 아름다운 꽃들이 있다는 것을 아시나요.
Tricyrtis hirta, or Toad lily
Native to Japan, this perennial looks more like a starfish than a flower.
The name “Fritillaria” comes from the Latin word for “dice box” and refers to this flower’s unusual drooped shape as well as its checked pattern. It’s also known as the chess flower for this reason.
Lady Slippers (Cypripedioideae)
Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii)
Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)
Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
Also called angel’s trumpets, the flowers of the datura genus are highly toxic, producing severe states of delirium, sometimes resulting in death. It was a popular drug for both suicide and murder in Europe and Asia.
Zebra Blue (Primula)
Related to the primrose and cowslip, this patterned flower is always stylish.
Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)
Before blooming, the aptly-named balloon flower’s buds appear as bright bubbles. Native to East Asia, its roots have long been used as an anti-inflammatory in China and Korea, and is a popular ingredient in salads.
Beehive Ginger (Zingiber spectabile)
Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana)
Chinese Lantern (Abutilon ?? hybridum)
Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum)
Hookers Lips (Psychotria elata)
White Egret Orchid (Pecteilis radiata)
Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)
Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria elata)
Sporting Flowers (various species)
Botanists call this phenomenon “sporting,” and it means that one part of a plant spontaneously mutates. The results, seen here, are striking two-color flowers.
Snake Gourd Flower (Trichosanthes cucumerina)
This delicate, lacy flower grows a long, snake-shaped fruit and is native to South Asia, although it’s been naturalized in warm regions across the globe. The fruit and the greens are edible.
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)
Well, you can see how these orchids got their name. The flowers are so silly-looking that people were convinced they were hoaxes, but these little guys are quite real.
Hoya Wax Flower (Hoya)
These nubby little flowers look like candies.
Pink Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
Close up, this otherwise fairly standard-looking orchid looks more like a bird in flight than a moth, but it’s still reallt interesting.
Monkey Orchid (Dracula simia)
This orchid is notable for its resemblance to a sad monkey.
Japanese Camellia (Camellia Japonica)
These plants flower rarely, and only at night. They are extremely delicate, and picking them can damage the whole plant.