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Rare Flowers
21Aug 2018

Rare Flowers

Most flowers are either quite common, or can be grown well enough for them to be common, shuld their popularity rise. There are, however, a few flowers that are extremely rare, that can only be found in a couple of places and have even been thought to be extinct.    Here are 5 of the most rare flowers in the world today:

Middlemist camellia:
This is considered by some to be the rarest flower of them all, with only 2 known living examples of these plants, one in New Zealand and one in the UK. This beautiful flower is actually a vibrant pink colour, rather than red as the name suggests, and looks like a cross between a rose and a carnation.
This plant originates from China, although it has died out there now completely.  It is named after John Middlemist, who discovered it in china and collected it to take to England in 1804.  Some people believe that more examples of this flower can be found as it was sold to the general public by John Middlemist, and therefore, potentially could be found in gardens around London or even parts of England.

Campion (Silene tomentosa):
The Campion flower can only be found on the high cliffs of Gibraltar, rapidly dying out by 1980’s and officially declared extinct in 1992 after the plant had completely vanished.  A single Campion flower was found in 1994 by a hiker, Gibraltar and the UK helped to bring the species back into life. The millennium seed bank propagated the Campion flower and both the Almeda Gibraltar Botanic Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens in London grew the flower.
The Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys):
This is a blue-green woody vine, with claw shaped flowers that naturally grows in the rainforest of the Philippines. It is closely related to kidney beans and is a member of the pea-bean family.  The flower is pollenated by bats hanging upside down on the plant and drinking the nectar, due to deforestation and the decrease of bats these flowers are rarely seen in the wild and are considered an endangered species.

Parrot’s Beak (Lotus berthelotii):
This is an extremely rare flower, yet it is possible for you to own one.  Parrot’s beak is a stunning plant in vibrant yellow, orange and red tones, it has been considered extremely rare since 1884 and is said to be extinct in the wild.  It has been difficult for professionals to understand exactly how the flower is propagated and even harder still to replicate pollination.  It is thought that as the flower originates from the Canary Islands, the flowers may have been pollinated by a particular sun bird that once was seen in the Canary Islands but isn’t anymore.  The plant is cultivated within the horticulture trade , whch is how it is possible for you to buy one for yourself.

The Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum):
This large, prehistoric looking plant can grow approximately 2 meters in height and 1 meter in width.  Originating in the ‘low-lying’ tropical rainforests of Sumatra, the corpse flower has no stems, body, leaves or roots and is a parasite, depending on the Tetrastigma vine for its nourishment. The flower blossoms and lasts for only a week, whilst in full bloom it gives out a rotten flesh smell to attract insects and beetles that help pollination. Rarely seen in the wild in Indonesia now, most likely due to the rapid decrease of the Tetrastigma vine, this plant is one of the rarest and largest flowers known.