New Species Of Orchid Flower Looks Like A Devil's Head

Posted: Jul 12 2016, 11:00am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

New Species of Orchid Flower Looks Like a Devil's Head
This is a close-up of the new orchid species Telipogon diabolicus showing its flower resembling a devil's head. Credit: Marta Kolanowska
  • Orchid Flower shows Devilish Design in its Central Portion

A new species of orchid flower shows quite a striking devilish design in its central portion. The resemblance to satan is so great that one almost does a double-take when looking at it.

A novel species of orchid flower is of a crimson color and has a peculiarity. The center of each flower looks like a demon’s head. This flower grows in isolation in Colombia.

The demonic pattern led to it being named Telipogon diabolicus (“diabolos” is an alternative word for the devil). It is described in the open access journal PhytoKeys.

The flower bears an uncanny resemblance to a demon from hell. The striking resemblance could fool anyone be he or she a kid, an adult or a senior citizen.

It was discovered by a pair of researchers from a university in Poland. The orchid flower grows to a height of 5.5 cm or 9 cm. As for the habitat in which this curious flower grows, it is Southern Colombia.

The forest region between Putumayo and Narino is the homeland of this rare orchid. The flower is a critically endangered species. It is on the Red List of the IUCN.

In order to differentiate the species from other flowering plants, the scientists had to painstakingly list its many characteristics. While the devilish head is the biggest source of differentiation, there are other factors in the mix as well.

The petals of this flower are clawed too. As for the demon’s head that lies at the heart of this flower, it has a purplish-maroon color and what look like the eyes of the demon are yellow in color. This trait has not been found in any other flower in the region.

The lengthy list of Colombian orchids goes into the thousands. There are almost 3600 orchids and they come from over 250 genres. There may yet be hundreds that are still awaiting discovery. Last year alone, some 20 novel species were added to the ever-expanding list.

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