11 Beautiful and Endangered Flower Species
Flowers are one of nature's greatest gifts to the world, with different varieties displaying a huge range of colors, shapes and scents for us all to enjoy. But there are some extraordinary flowers that are much more rarely found than others, and can only be enjoyed in very select spots. Indeed, some of the flowers on this list only exist in a couple of examples around the world, making them extra special! Here is a beautiful collection of the rarest and most endangered flowers on Earth.
The existence of the youtan poluo was for many centuries believed to be nothing more than a myth, until a Chinese farmer called Mr Ding found examples of these tiny, white flowers, which measure no more than 1mm in length. The flowers are mentioned in Buddhist scripture but only bloom once every 3000 years, so you have to very lucky to see them. It is native to China and Taiwan, as well as the Koreas, where it has been found growing on a statue of Buddha at the front of the Chonggye-sa Temple in Seoul.
The parrot's beak is another flower named after a visual resemblance, and is endemic to the Canary Islands. However, it is now believed to be either extinct, or close to extinction, in the wild, because the sunbird - its only pollinator - has long since gone from the islands. They have rarely been found since the 19th century and only bloom in full sunshine, revealing fiery oranges, reds and yellows when they do.
The campion can only be found on Gibraltar. In 1992 it was declared extinct but it has since 'come back from the dead', after being discovered growing on a nature reserve in 1994. Hearty efforts have since been made to preserve the remaining examples and reintroduce it to other areas so that its subtle scent and bright flowers that range in color from white to pink, can continue to be enjoyed.
Last but not least is the kokia cookei, the flower of a small deciduous tree found only in Hawaii. There has only been one wild example of kokia cookei found in the last century, making it one of the rarest plant species in the world. The example that did exist was destroyed in a fire in 1978, but a branch had been removed earlier and was grafted onto a related plant to ensure its survival. There are now around 23 grafted examples of the plant in existence.