Orchidee mit Teufelsfratze


Die neu entdeckte Orchidee Telipogon Diabolicus hat eine Teufelsfratze am Rostellum. Hail Satan! (via Boing Boing)

A lone and unique population of about 30 reddish to dark violet-maroon orchids grows on the small patch of land between the borders of two Colombian departments. However, its extremely small habitat is far from the only striking thing about the new species.

A closer look at its flowers' heart reveals what appears to be a devil's head. Named after its demonic patterns, the new orchid species, Telipogon diabolicus, is described in the open access journal PhytoKeys.