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Rare Summer Flowers

Rare Summer Flowers

There are more than 270,000 species of flowers in existence, some like roses or carnations are incredibly popular and you see them at flower stores all over the world.  But what about those more exotic rare summer flowers?  The ones that take a lot of love and care to grow, where can you find those?  If you love exotic buds then let us show you some very rare summer flowers you won’t find in any old garden.

Parrot’s Beak

This rare flower was already classified as exceedingly rare back in 1884 and today it is thought to be extinct in the wild, although there is always the possibility that there are still some left out there.  The plant originally grew in the Canary Islands and it was pollinated by sunbirds which have since become extinct.  Scientist have tried to introduce other means of pollination but none have worked.  Hopefully this is not the end for this rare flower.

Ghost Orchid

Ghost orchids are pretty interesting, not only did we think them extinct for 20 years and now they are back, this plant is nearly impossible to propagate.  The flower doesn’t have any leaves nor does it use photosynthesis for food.  It requires a very specific type of fungus near the root system in order to get nutrients.  This flower can live for years underground and you’re only going to find it in either Florida or Cuba.  They are only pollinated by the giant sphinx moth and then only if their seeds land on a specific moss.  It has some of the most specific growing conditions of any flower on the planet thus making them incredibly rare yet fragrant and beautiful.  Here is a look at the flower blooming.

The Corpse Flower

What a horrible name for such an amazing flower.  Found in the rainforest in Indonesia the Corpse Flower has flowers that are three feet in diameter and up to six feet in height, they look like something from a futuristic science fiction movie set.  The Corpse Flower is the world’s largest and rarest of all the summer flowers.  It has no stem, root or body and it is completely dependent on a vine for support and as a food source.  It is name the Corpse Flower for the pungent odor it gives off, it may be exotic but it does not smell like a rose.  The scent it does give off will attract plenty of flies and beetles that will pollinate it.  The flower has a lifespan of about seven days before dying off.