We enjoy flowers for what we perceive as their beauty and fragrance, but their graceful shapes have evolved over the years for one purpose only. Plants are living organisms that need pollination to enable them to set seed and so their shapes are designed to attract insects to transfer the pollen. In the process some flowers have evolved into remarkable shapes that mimic animals and birds. I found this collection on the NAIJ.com website.
Flowers attract pollinators like insects or birds. This function has driven their evolution of distinct and stunning colors and shapes, some of which have even come to be like various recognizable figures and faces of human and animals. When you first come across these pictures, you think they had to be photoshopped. But they are all very real!
1. Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)
2. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
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