Flowers are nature’s way of rebirth every year, and let’s be honest, who can really say they do not enjoy a field full of beautiful, perfumed flowers? Some are common, some have various colours, some smell incredibly, some help us freshen our air at home and some are simply endangered or incredibly rare. Some of you may not even know about them because they are so rare. And in most cases, humans are responsible for destroying and driving such specimens into extinction. At least try to be happy they still exist and you have the opportunity to actually see how they look like.
Middlemist Red, Middlemist camellia is probably the rarest flower in the world with only two known examples, one in New Zeeland and one in Britain. Contrary to its name, the flowers are of bright pink and very much resemble a rose. It is also believed that several specimens are actually growing in people’s gardens without them knowing it as its discoverer, John Middlemist sold them to the public after bringing them form China.
The Ghost Orchid, Epipogium aphyllum is so rare due to the fact that is almost impossible to propagate, very much resembling the Purple lady slipper in the way that it requires a special fungus to feed. It never grows leaves and can survive underground until external conditions are optimum.
Yellow and Purple Lady Slippers, Cypripedium calceolus is an incredibly rare wild orchid found in Europe. It is highly difficult to propagate as its seeds ensure no nourishment for the growing plant, so it adapted to living in symbiosis with a specific fungus. All the types of Lady slipper orchids are extremely rare.
Koki’o, Kokai cookie is one of the rarest trees in the world, discovered in 1860, in Hawaii with only 23 examples existing today.
Chocolate Cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus, a beautiful dark red to brown flower species native to Mexico, has been extinct in the wild for over a century, but still survives today as a single non-fertile clone created in 1902.
Parrot’s Beak, Lotus berthelotii has been classified as an incredibly rare flower since 1884, originating in the Canary Islands. It may have been extinct in the wild, most probably due to the extinction of its main pollinators, the sunbirds, but thanks to a few horticulturists the flower was propagated.
Franklin Tree, Franklinia alatamaha is the sole species in its genus that rarely flowers. Although it was extinct in the wild, a family of keen horticulturists, the Bartram family, managed to propagate it and as a result, all the examples existing today stem from that single plant.
The Gibraltar Champion, Silene tomentosa can only be found on the high cliffs of Gibraltar. Although it was believed to be extinct both in the 1980s and in 1992, a single specimen of this rare flower was found in 1994 and botanists managed to propagate it again.
The Corpse Flower, Rafflesia arnoldii is an absolutely fascinating parasite flower that entirely depends on a specific vine, called the Tetrastigma vine for nourishment and support. This rare flower in mainly found in the low lying tropical rainforests of Indonesia.
Jade Vine or Strongylodon macrobotrys, a rare woody vine originating in the tropical rainforests of the Philippines.