LifeGlobe has already had a lot of articles about flowers, today we will try to collect the most beautiful flowers in the world in one place. Of course, it is impossible to unambiguously name some plants more beautiful than others, so we tried to ignore the number of possible factors for evaluation and focused on the external beauty and variety of colors, both recognizable all over the world and little known. We bring to your attention the resulting selection of the 10 most amazing, in our opinion, types of flowers. Meet them, discuss and offer your own color options that can compete in beauty with the dozen below!
So, in 10th place settled the vast genus of orchids Dendrobium, founded back in 1799 by Olaf Schwartz and currently numbering more than 1200 species.
These orchids are native to much of southern, eastern, and southeastern Asia, including the Philippines, Borneo, Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and New Zealand.
The genus name comes from the Greek words dendron (“tree”) and bios (“life”), and is generally translated as “living in trees”, or, in fact, “epiphyte”.
The 9th line of the list “The most beautiful flowers in the world” is occupied by Lantana — a separate genus of the Verbena family, with about 150 species.
These amazing flowers are native to the tropical regions of North and South America and Africa, but there are also introduced species of lanthanum in other areas of the globe, mainly in the Australian-Pacific region.
This rare vervain genus includes herbaceous plants and shrubs, reaching 0.5–2 meters in height.
In 8th place were Hyacinths familiar to many — a small genus of flowers in the Asparagus family.
For a long time, researchers could not decide which genus to classify hyacinths as — at one time they even “were” part of the Liliaceae family.
Hyacinths are native to the eastern Mediterranean (from southern Turkey to northern Israel) and the northeastern regions of Iran and Turkmenistan.
The 7th place in beauty is Dicentra — a small (about 20 species) genus of herbaceous plants from the Dymyankovye family, famous for its original heart-shaped flowers.
For their appearance, they are often called bleeding hearts.
The name itself consists of the Greek words dis “twice” and k?ntron “spurs”).
Most of the dicentra grows in East Asia and North America.
Each flower consists of two tiny sepals and four bi-symmetrical petals: the two outer petals are usually curved outwards and have a marsupial shape at the base, while the inner petals are completely straight.
Rudbeckia settled on the 6th line — a genus of herbaceous plants of the Aster family, numbering about 40 species.
Some of these species are cultivated in Europe and Africa as ornamentals and often run wild, but the original Rudbeckia was discovered in North America by early settlers who gave these interesting black and yellow flowers the poetic name “Black-eyed Susanna”.
The Germans have a different name — “Sun Hat”.
The very name Rudbeckia was given to a new plant species by Carl Linnaeus — in honor of the famous Swedish botanists, father and son Rudbeck.
5th place went to the Callams — flowers of the Aronnikov family, which are quite popular with us.
This genus is the only representative of the Calloideae subfamily and includes only one species — Marsh Calla (or Marsh Calla).
As can be judged from the name, these flowers live in swampy areas on the banks of swampy reservoirs and rivers of temperate latitudes of the northern hemisphere: in Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in the east of France and Norway), North Asia and North America (Alaska, Canada, northeastern United States).
The 4th line in the ranking of “The most beautiful flowers in the world” is occupied by Hydrangea, whose genus has about 80 species of plants growing mainly in South and East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, the Himalayas and Indonesia), as well as in North and South America. Most types of hydrangeas are found in East Asia, especially in China, Japan and Korea.
Usually these are shrubs from 1 to 3 meters high, but some liana-like species can reach 30 meters in length by “climbing” trees.
Hydrangeas come in both deciduous and evergreen varieties, but among the widely cultivated species, all plants are deciduous.
These interesting flowers were named after Princess Hortense, sister of Holy Roman Prince Karl-Heinrich of Nassau-Siegen.
In European scientific circles, these flowers were later given the name Hydrangea, translated from ancient Greek as “Vessel with water”.
The top three is closed by the “Paradise Flower” Strelitzia, which is a genus of four species of perennial plants found only in South Africa.
The genus is named after the Queen of Great Britain Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Strelitz is the duchy where the future queen was born).
For its amazing appearance, the Strelitzia flower has been informally called the Bird of Paradise.
In second place is the tender Canna, the only genus of plants in the Cannaaceae family, with about 50 varieties, growing mostly in Central and South America, but because of their starchy rhizomes, these plants are also specially cultivated in many countries of Latin America, as well as in India, Indonesia, Australia and even the Hawaiian Islands.
All types of cannes are very different from each other in colors and shapes, which is why it is sometimes hard to believe that these are all subspecies of the same flower.
Well, we finally got to the top line of the list “The most beautiful flowers in the world.” Many may want to challenge our decision, but we gave the first place to the tiny flowers of Sakura or Japanese Cherry.
Sakura is a separate type of ornamental tree of the Pink family, extremely popular in Japan and being one of the most famous symbols of this developed country and its rich centuries-old culture.
Cherry blossoms occur in the spring and last only a week — for this meager period of time, all of Japan is transformed, hiding in an innumerable number of small petals, whose color varies from pale white to bright pink.
An integral part of Japanese culture, Hanami (Japanese tradition of viewing flowers) is such a popular event that already a few months before the expected cherry blossoms, forecasts with flowering dates all over the country begin to be shown on television.
It is not surprising that any Japanese city is decorated with Sakura trees, everywhere you can find extensive parks with long alleys of cherry trees, the gentle flowering of which makes the surrounding landscape calm and peaceful.
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