1) The Dahlia:
Belonging to the Asteraceae family, this flower is one of the most diversely expressed in colors and floral arrangement. Contrary to popular belief, even among horticulturists, each “petal” of the flower is a flower in its own right. The Dahlia is basically a stem with several little flowers forming a larger ball-like structure. All the individual flowers are shaped like funnels, an organic superstructure of small tubes arranged in such a way that it looks like a continuous globular shape. Because of them having 8 chromosomes instead of the usual two that most flowers have, the Dahlia can vary in its colors, pattern, and size quite considerably. There are near to no colors that Dahlias have not been observed embodying. The Dahlia has been a huge influence on a lot of art and culture over the ages because of its absolutely stunning appearance. In Europe during the age of the flowers, when flowers were how people mainly communicated things because of strict social codes, the Dahlia was a symbol of dignity. You gave it to someone you thought very highly of.
2) Flame Lily:
Gloriosa superba is usually found in Southern Asia and Africa. With the word “superb” in its name, you can imagine how beautiful it must be. Its colors are so vivid that from a distance it actually looks like a burning flower. It is also known by the names of creeping lilies, climbing lilies, tiger claws, and glory lilies. Being a climbing plant, it can grow pretty tall. In the state of Tamil Nadu in India, it is revered as the state flower and grows in abundance. Like most things beautiful, it has a dark side. It is abundant in alkaloids which are notorious poisons and consumption of even a little bit of the flower can be fatal. So be careful, admire its beauty, but don’t eat it!
3) Bird of Paradise:
Next, on the list, this one is as stunning as the name suggests. It looks just like the actual bird of paradise, which is a native of Africa and sought after heavily by ornithologists because of its stunning appearance and peculiar behaviors as far as mating is concerned. The flower’s scientific name is Sterlitzia after the town of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the birthplace of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom. It is an inflorescent flower, meaning that it is a combination of several flowers that look like one flower. They look like a crown of bright yellow perching on a green plant. The flowers sprout out of a spathe (a cup-like leaf) which serves as a parking spot for the Sunbird, the primary pollinator for the plant. When the Sunbird sits on the spathe to drink the nectar, its body weight makes the flower open and release pollen that gets stuck to the body of the bird. Not only beautiful but also a very intelligent flower it seems.
4) Snap Dragon Seed-Pod:
This particular flower is not only unique in its life but even after death. Its scientific name is actually Antirrhinum, but it’s called a Snap Dragon Seed-Pod. The reason being that its flower looks like a dragon’s face. When squeezed, the dragon even opens its mouth wide, as if to let the fire out. Even more interesting is what happens to this flower after its death. The pod of the flower decomposes and looks like a skull of the dragon. Sometimes they even look like human skulls. There are pictures you can find of the dead seed-pods lying on the floor and it looks like a macabre site of a massacre. Auschwitz comes to mind. Spooky!
5) Darth Vader Flower:
Yup! You guessed it. This flower looks like ruddy Darth Vader! If you don’t know who or what that is, then the force is, unfortunately, not strong with you. Aristolochia Salvador platensis, is a very unique looking flower. Technically a vine, it creeps onto the sides of trees or any support it can get for vertical growth. A native of Central America, one seed was brought to Kyoto, Japan some sixteen years ago and it bloomed recently. The flower has two prominent holes at the top of the flower with another hole below the top ones looking like a nose. The bulbous outer shell of the flower resembles the helmet Darth Vader wears in the classic Star Wars saga. All together with the eyes, the nose, and the helmet, it is safe to say that Lord Vader has been resurrected in the form of a flower. If you ever get a chance to go to Kyoto, do visit the botanical garden for a look at this marvel, and may the force be with you!
Born into the Asteraceae family, these very useful flowers are also very intriguing. Growing up to 2 feet across, sunflowers really have a wide variance in their size depending on where they are growing. Other than the fact that their seeds are used to make edible oil, these flowers are also responsible for a deeper understanding of the universe and the intricacies of cosmic mathematics. The spirals in the center of the flower are a clear expression of the golden ratio and are formed in accordance with the Fibonacci sequence which you might remember from school. It goes 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34… I am sure you will figure out the formula there. This beautiful math is expressed in every spiral of the sunflower. The ancient Greeks observed this repeating pattern long before the Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano Bigollo also known as “Fibonacci”! Isn’t that so very intriguing? We all know that nature follows a certain geometry, but to see it expressed so clearly in a floral arrangement we can see pretty much anywhere is truly a blessing. Next time you see a sunflower, do pay attention to the brown center which has several spirals built into it. That’s mother nature, showing off!These are the 6 Intriguing floral arrangements that will leave you spellbound with their appearance.