The 25 Rarest Flowers in the World

Flowers are incredibly intricate and beautiful features of the natural world. In this article, we’ll explore 25 of the rarest flowers in the world, including their botanical characteristics, native range, and what makes them so unique and rare. 

1. Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)

The Black Bat flower (Tacca chantrieri) is a highly unusual member of the yam family (Dioscoreaceae). Black bat flowers are indigenous to Bangladesh, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and other tropical areas of Southeast Asia.

2. Brugmansia vulcanicola

Brugmansia vulcanicola is an extremely rare (and toxic) flowering shrub that originated in the cool, humid highlands of the Colombian and Ecuadorian Andes.

3. Camellia ‘Middlemist’s Red’

Camellia ‘Middlemist’s Red’ is thought to be the rarest flower in the world. It’s believed that there are only two specimens of this plant left on Earth.

4. Cayman Sage (Salvia caymanensis)

Cayman sage (Salvia caymanensis) is a Critically Endangered member of the Salvia genus native to Grand Cayman – the largest of the Cayman Islands.

5. Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos astrosanguineus)

Chocolate cosmos (Cosmos astrosanguineus) is a fantastic member of the Cosmos genus that’s nearly extinct in the wild. It belongs to the daisy family (Asteraceae).

6. Cooke’s Koki’o (Kokia cookei)

The captivating Cooke’s koki’o (Kokia cookei) is sadly one of the world’s rarest plants. These flowering shrubs from the mallow family (Malvaceae) were originally native to Moloka’i island in Hawaii.

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