It seems that nowadays, sexual looking flowers are indulging dirty minds everywhere. Who doesn’t love to giggle at phallic foliage or a yonic bud? From orchids to cacti, since the dawn of time these flowers have been providing laughs globally. To celebrate these floral innuendos, here’s a countdown of our favourite seven sexual flowers.
Coming in seventh on our list of sexual looking flowers, is the Iris. As beautifully illustrated in Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, an Iris has a certain suggestive look to it that the immature among us can’t help but snigger at. Highlighting the plant’s reproductive organs, and arguably our own, yonic looking flowers are signature to O’Keeffe’s work.
The Calla Lily is the transgender of flowers as it seems to boast both parts. Popular around Europe, northern Asia and North America, you won’t have to go far for a chuckle at this one. The Stamen, which is actually the male part of the flower, rarely rises above the flower petals. Thus, this flower is more of a grower than a show-er.
As the fifth contender on this list, the orchid is another yonic flower. This being said, the name ‘orchid’ actually comes from the Greek word for a man’s organs. But this refers to the plant’s bulbs instead of its flowers. The funny looking flowers however, have not gone unnoticed. According to Eric Hansen, the author of Orchid Fever, Victorians were offended by the ‘blatant sexuality’ of orchids.
As the name goes, it’s not difficult to guess what this cactus resembles. The elephant cactus, also known as ‘Pachycereus Pringlei’, is native to north-western Mexico. Unlike the Calla Lily, this one’s definitely a shower, and is known as the tallest cactus species in the world with the record height being 63ft.
The Psychotria Elata is a promiscuous looking plant found in the rain forests of Central and South American countries. This plant has also earnt itself the colloquial name of ‘hooker’s lips’ and it’s not difficult to see why. However, the plant only stays this hilarious for a short while, as it soon opens to reveal pretty regular looking flowers.
In second place is the incredibly yonic Hydnora Africana, the kind of plant that Georgia O’Keeffe would have loved to paint. Located in Southern Africa, this fleshy looking flower isn’t too kind to the senses. It apparently emits a foul odour to attract dung beetles, which it then traps temporarily to pick up pollen.
And in the eagerly awaited first place of sexual looking flowers is the Phallus Impudicus – real name. This one also has the catchy nickname of ‘common stinkhorn’. This is a widespread fungus native to Europe and western North America. Like the Hydnora Africana, this one is again renowned for its foul odour as well as its obvious phallic shape when it has matured.
Which of these sexual-looking flowers is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!
Jess is a writer for Sparkling Strawberry who likes to dabble in eccentric fancy dress and hunting down the perfect seasonal costumes.
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