Some plants try to imitate the birds. This one is found in mountainous regions of northern Thailand.
Beautiful birds !
Amazing photos. Not only beautiful but informative. NOW you owe us an explanation, or at least your theory, as to why these blooms imitate birds. Surly they don't hope to attract them as mates or some such thing.
Can't wait to hear what you know about this.
CERTAIN BEAK SHAPES ARE REQUIRED FOR POLLINATION
oops sorry caps lok
The first is a parrot flower, unbelievable!
Regarding the Parrot Flower, and hopefully before this thread leads people to add it to their want, trade, buy list, this is a protected plant, and the only way for you to view it is essentially an escorted trip in Thailand. Exportation carries heavy penalties.
While the flower is nice, the plant it flowers on is horrid.
Good info on this plant: http://www.exoticrainforest.com/Rare%20Thailand%20Parrot%20Flower%20buy%20one%20SP.html
Not too sure about the colors but the top fused petal keeps them dry as the Crotalarias have copious amounts of a very sweet nectar
pooled in the "body" of the flower. Here they are pollenated by several species of small bird.
I feel more at home now ;p
So when am I gettting it? hhahahaha
I'll tell you what. I'll bring you with me on my next trip to Thailand, and we'll slip one in tyour suitcase before we go through customs.