Top 10 rare flowers that future generations might not be able to see

Here is a list of top 10 most unusual and rare flowers in the world that are already extinct or might become extinct very soon.

1.The Corpse Flower  (Amorphophallus Titanum)

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The Corpse Flower is found on low-lying rainforest in Indonesia and looks like something out of the prehistoric age. Native to Sumatra, this rare and striking plant has flowers that reach up to 6 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter.

2. Campion (Silene Tomentosa)

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Campion was once thought to be extinct by the scientific community in 1992, when all traces of the plant vanished. Then in 1994, a single specimen was discovered by a climber hiking on the high cliffs of Gibraltar. It is only found in Gibraltar.

3. Parrot’s Beak (Lotus Berthelotii)

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This flower is native to the Canary Islands. Classified as exceedingly rare since 1884, the Parrot’s Beak flower is believed to be extinct in the wild, though some individuals believe it may still be alive.

4. The Jade Vine (Strongylodon Macrobotrys)

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The Jade Vine, known for its spectacular blue-green, claw-shape. These rare flowers are now hardly seen in the wild and are believed to be threatened by the deforestation of their natural habitat in the Philippines.

5. Chocolate Cosmos  (Cosmos Atrosanguineus)

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Chocolate Cosmos is a flower native to Mexico that has been extinct in the wild, for over 100 years. Still, the species survives as a single, non-fertile clone created in 1902 by propagation and considered to be one of the top rare flowers in the world.

 6. Koki’o (Kokia Cookei)

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Another rare flower comes from a tree in Hawaii. Discovered in 1860, the Koki’o tree has proven difficult to propagate and, in 1950, it was extinct. However, 20 years later a sole survivor was found, but was destroyed in a fire in 1978.  As luck would have it, one of the branches was saved and grafted into 23 different trees in various places in Hawaii.

7. Ghost Orchid (Epipogium Aphyllum)

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The Ghost Orchid is not only one of the rare flowers, but also fascinating. It is a plant that was presumed to be extinct for almost 20 years and only recently materialized again. The plant is so rare because it is near-impossible to propagate. It has no leaves and does not use photosynthesis to manufacture its own food.

8. Kadupul Flower (Epiphyllum Oxypetalum)

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Kadupul flower is easily cultivated, but is one of the rare flowers, for the sole reason that it blooms so rarely. They are found in Sri Lanka in the wild and have spiritual significance to Buddhists.

9. Yellow and Purple Lady Slippers (Cypripedium Calceolus)

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Yellow and Purple Lady Slippers – a  rare wild orchid once found across the Europe, but now growing in Britain, only in one odd location: a golf course. It has been under strict police protection since 1917 in order to preserve it from people (and golf balls of course).

10. Youtan Poluo (No scientific name)

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Discovered by a Chinese farmer named Mr. Ding when he found it growing in his steel pipes, and then later by a Chinese nun named Lushan who found it growing under her washing machine, the mysterious Youtan Poluo has no scientific name. It is a flower that has been mentioned in Indian myth. In Sanskrit the name means “an auspicious flower from heaven”.

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