The beautiful Parrot Flower is (believe it or not) actually a species of balsam
It also remains extremely rare, and due to that, this lovely flower is not often seen. Because of this, some have doubted its authenticity.
Renowned botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker was the first to publicize its existence. This occurred in 1901, and he reportedly remarked on its resemblance to a flying cockatoo, hence it’s common name.
The governments within its endemic range have forbidden export of this unique plant. This ban includes both the mature individual and its seeds as well, therefore, it is not in cultivation.
Parrot Flower Physical Description
The Parrot Flower actually constitutes a bush-like species. It forms an erect plant (as we can see) that typically attains a height of roughly 1.6 ft (0.5 m).
It commonly produces numerous, randomly spaced branches, on which the stems usually grow relatively thick in nature. In addition, the leaves appear dark green, with slightly serrated edges.
Perhaps most noteworthy, of course, is the small flower that blooms on the branches. This typically shows a light purple and red color. The sepals remain a light green and carmine red, and the resemblance to a parrot comes as a result of these characteristics.
Parrot Flower Distribution and Ecology
The beautiful and unique Parrot Flower is endemic to only a tiny section of Asia, only existing in Thailand, Burma, and the Indian state of Manipur.
Moreover, even in these regions, it is very rare. It grows only in tropical regions and requires soil with a high acidity level and lots of humidity.
Meanwhile, it only blooms in October and November, which places it at the end of the rainy season.
The species is understandably considered threatened. Its scarcity, combined with habitat loss and climate change, makes it especially vulnerable to extinction.