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  1. Flower Gift Korea
    Flower Gift Korea at |

    What a wonderful list of flowers. I didn’t know about most of the flowers on the list.

  2. Katie Solontoi
    Katie Solontoi at |

    I know this is old, But Rafflesia is not the same as Amorphophallus titanum. The pictured plant in the article is Amorphophallus titanum–a plant that grows from a corm. Rafflesia is the vine dependent plant. These two may be confused because they are both smelly and huge. The A. titanum being the world’s largest flower by mass, while the Rafflesia is largest in diameter–see picture below.

  3. delilia rezzelli
    delilia rezzelli at |

    I know of a spot in Pennsylvania near springs where I’ve seen purple Lady’s Slippers growing as a child. My mother would identify them. Sadly they just drilled several fracking wells in this beautiful and remote area.

  4. Jan Pohlenz
    Jan Pohlenz at |

    You confused the American Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) with Epipogium aphyllum. Epipogium aphyllum (true Ghost Orchids) is the plant found not to have chlorophyl and work symbiotically with a basidomycete fungi to obtain nutrients.

    Your picture represents Dendrophylax, not Epipogium.

    Beautiful list, nevertheless.

  5. Soorej Munraj
    Soorej Munraj at |

    Hello i’ve got jade vine flowers since around 3 months at my place in mauritius! it’s falling just around & we must throw them away everyday. pls contact me for more pics!

  6. Pramud
    Pramud at |

    Am from Sri Lanka I have seen 5. Kadupul Flower in my home. There are some plant of Kadupul Flower in my home but I ever didn’t know value and rear of this flower till read this..

  7. phu quoc nguyen
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  8. phu quoc nguyen
    phu quoc nguyen at |

    I just have vision and I call it lightning strike flower service specie

  9. Jack
    Jack at |

    Millennia*, not “millenniums”. Wonderful list, but the quality of writing suggests either a lack of respect for the medium and your audience or simply a lack of education. That on top of some of the comments makes me wonder whether the research is genuine as well.

  10. Ange
    Ange at |

    Thank you for posting this list. It helped me identify the gorgeous Jade Vine that I just photographed in my landlords garden at the Sunshine Coast, QLD Australia.

  11. Beth
    Beth at |

    Number 2 is called the Udumbara flower.

  12. Vikram
    Vikram at |

    You don’t even know about Lacandonia schismatica!! For a rare plant, L. schismatica is the rarest! It has the androecium (stamens) and the gynoecium (pistils) invested… with the androecium at the center and the gynoecium to the outside… Is the only flower that have that arrangement…. Evolutoinary, is the rarest of plants and it’s mexican 😀

  13. AmaGramaNatsi
    AmaGramaNatsi at |


    (not ‘most rare’)

  14. rea
    rea at |

    im from the phils and i havent seen the jade vine EVER! And ive been all over phils! So I think your right about that..nice list..:)

  15. allison
    allison at |

    You can find many of these in Nureries or on ebay.

  16. Alex
    Alex at |

    I’m sure that the Campion is all over the UK, it was the first flower that I could identify as a child

  17. Kardoman Tumangger
    Kardoman Tumangger at |

    I agree with Harry said that The Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is not the same as Rafflesia. You can find rafflesia arnoldi pictures on the internet and you can find how different rafflesia and corpse flower..

  18. Harry
    Harry at |

    Just to point out, you have completely failed to realise that Amorphophallus titanum is not the same as Rafflesia.

    The Ghost Orchid can be either Dendrophylax lindenii, the American Ghost Orchid, or Epipogium aphyllum, the Eurasian Ghost Orchid. Your description of it is a weird mix of them both.

    Silly TopTenz

  19. Amrendra
    Amrendra at |

    Fantastic list.

  20. sheer logic
    sheer logic at |

    ,I’d like to thank you for a very beautiful list.
    just one small issue, at number 8, the parrot’s beak you claim that sunbirds have long been extinct.
    that’s not true, of the sunbird family seven species (out of 132) are threatened by extinction today.
    again, great list.

  21. Igor
    Igor at |

    Youtan Poluo is actually insect eggs.


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