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Friday, September 22, 2006

Parrot Flower - Flower that looks like a parrot

Parrot Flower (scientific name : Impatiens psittacina) is a flower that looks like a parrot. Okay I get that, but I really didn’t believe it till I got my eyes on it. Talk about another’s of natures creations. There are things that are pretty, and then again there are things that are pretty. Yes I know that parrots are green but trust me now I can actually visualize them as pink. They look real and if the birds were pink they’d look just the same.

These delicate parrot flowers simply hang in there, but whichever angle you look at them from you’d still see pink parrots. I’m not sure where they’re found but obviously they’re a rare phenomenon. Honestly I’ve never seen a real one. If I was a cynic I’d say someone was fooling me but they look too real and pretty to be the work of idle minds.

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A balsam, Impatiens psittacina is a very rare impatiens species discovered and identified to botanical world in 1901 by botanist E.D. Hooker. This plant raises only in a small part of north Thailand (near Chiang Mai), Burma, and one territory of eastern India. The species can be found in several botanical reference books including Plants of India. The original botanical drawings are now posted at several website on the internet. Hooker originally stumble upon the plant in India and brought back the seed to the Royal Botanic Garden Kew in London. Those seeds did not reproduce after the first year.

According to Exoticrainforest.com , you definitely can't buy this species. Thai government has elected to ban the export of seeds or plants because it extremely rare . Many people have claimed this species is a hoax and the photographs were manipulated in PhotoShop. In fact, a gentleman who works near the Queen Sikrit Botanical garden at Chiang Mai took the photos originally posted on the internet. Unfortunately he didn't put his name on photos. However put the scientific name of the species, Impatiens psittacina, in the border of the original photos. Many people who have grabbed and reposted the photos have chosen to eliminate that text which was largely in Thai, including the scientific name.

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17 comments:

Krys said...

Praise the Lord in his nature,
I wanna know which country those flowers are,India i would guess??

ONALTIKIRKALTI said...

UNBELIEVEBLE... inanılmaz...

Anonymous said...

I was told it blooms in Thailand.

Anonymous said...

It is from a specific region in the mountains in the north of Thailand. The writing you see at the bottom of the pictures is Thai.

Timothy said...

Beautiful, never seen any flower quite like this one. I wonder if it can be grown in the Florida sunshine.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where I can buy one of these plants?

Anonymous said...

Not likely you'll ever find one to buy. You can learn why here:
http://www.exoticrainforest.com/Rare%20Thailand%20Parrot%20Flower%20buy%20one%20SP.html

fizdane said...

Thanks for the link

Anonymous said...

PUT "PARROT FLOWER" into 'Search'
to find sites to read about >>
IT IS A WEED >>> BUT A WEED
WITH A LOVELY & BEAUTIFUL FLOWER_

Anonymous said...

From Sara:Next time put more information!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

A "weed" is simply anything that grows where it's not wanted. "Wildflower" would seems to be the more appropriate word.

Daniel said...

It's not a wildflower. It's a weed, with nice flowers :)

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