This Fascinating Orchid That Has an Uncanny Resemblance to a Flying Duck Will Stun You

One of nature’s greatest impressionists, the flying duck orchid is a bizarrely beautiful plant that boasts an impressive flower, resembling a duck in flight. Native to the Australian wilderness, these duck-like blooms have drawn a lot of attention.


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These one-of-a-kind orchids that seem straight out of a fairytale produce purple, deep-red, and green blooms that appear between September and February. Scientifically known as the Caleana major, these plants are found in open forests and woodlands of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and New South Wales. Alluding to the plant, which grows to a height of 20 inches, with blooms measuring only ½ to ¾ inches in length, Karen Groeneveld, who has been monitoring a small colony of the plants in New South Wales, told ABC News, "It just looks like a duck, it sits there flying above the foliage. It's the most iconic thing."