By Kacey Deamer on LiveScience // Photos by Marta Kolanowska
A new species of orchid is in a league of its own — not just because it’s relatively rare, but also because scientists say it looks like the devil.
The new species, Telipogon diabolicus, was named for its gynostemium, the orchid’s reproductive structure, which looks like a devil’s head. The orchid is also described as having “distinctly clawed petals,” adding to its demonic appearance, according to the researchers who discovered it.
About 30 of the reddish to dark-violet-maroon orchids — of which only several were flowering adults — were found growing in a small forest at the border between Putumayo and Nariño (regional jurisdictions called “departments”) in southern Colombia.