Aside from their elegance and beauty, orchids are well known for their extraordinarily diverse colors and appearances, which can often resemble a wide array of other objects or animals. Orchids very often tend to evoke instances of pareidolia – a psychological phenomenon where our brain creates significant images or likenesses out of seemingly random forms. This is a compilation of 17 orchids and other flowers that, due to their extraordinary shapes and colors and our complex perception mechanisms, look very much like something else.

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1. Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)

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2. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

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Image credits: José Roberto Rodrigues Araújo

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3. Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)

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4. Snap Dragon Seed Pod (Antirrhinum)

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5. Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria Elata)

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6. Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii)

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7. Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora)

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8. Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

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9. Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)

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Image credits: Bruce Kekule

10. Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)

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Image credits: Michael Prideaux

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11. Orchid That Looks Like A Tiger

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12. Happy Alien (Calceolaria Uniflora)

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13. Angel Orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis)

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14. Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata)

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Image credits: Saji Antony

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Image credits: Reji

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15. Orchid That Looks Like A Ballerina

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16. White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

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Image credits: Rachel Scott-Renouf

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17. Darth Vader (Aristolochia Salvadorensis)

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