Trivia Tuesday: Rare flowers

Where does the world’s rarest flower grow? Apetahia

What’s that, I hear you say? No idea?

OK, I’ll tell you because it’s unbelievably interesting.

The Apetahia or One-Sided Flower grows only in hidden places on top of Temehani, a mountain on the sacred Polynesian island of Ra-iatea.

It won’t grow anywhere else on the island – just one mountaintop in the ENTIRE WORLD. French botanists are currently trying to get it to grow on Huahine but this is one finicky plant.

What is cool about it is that when its buds open at dawn, they make an audible popping sound. Ahhh-may-zing.

What’s your favourite flower? Mine are magnolias – elegant, tough as nails and enormous.

 

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3 Responses to “Trivia Tuesday: Rare flowers”
  1. Genevieve says:

    My favourite flowers are not exotic : Pansies to look at – they have such pretty faces – and freesias for the frangrance. However, my favourite scent of all time is Cestrum Nocturnum, or Queen of the Night. It is a weed from the West Indies, and you’ll smell it in suburban or inner-city Sydney gardens as you walk around the streets at night in summer. It is absolutely intoxicating and surely must exist in heaven. There’s not so much of it down here in Melbourne, but when I do smell it, it is magical.

  2. mel says:

    I just read about another rare flower, one just discovered – it’s an orchid in PNG that only flowers at night, and the flowers die before morning. Crazy! http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/worlds-first-night-flowering-orchid-discovered-in-papua-new-guinea.htm

  3. Elly says:

    I feel a little like that flower Mel… I flower at night – and then die by the morning! ha!

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