You never know what you are going to read on Reddit and thanks to Octopus Prime, we got to see a picture of a rather unusual plant. It wasn’t long before the Internet was buzzing.
The plant is being held by someone but it looks like a Hummingbird, not a piece of greenery.
This isn’t something that we often see and most people had never seen it before. They started wondering where it was from and why it was shaped in such a way.
Another user on Reddit, SolitaryBee had some answers for the overall community.
The plant is the green flowerbird, also known as the regal flowerbird. The scientific name is Crotalaria cunninghamii.
It is a part of the legume family and is found inland in northern Australia. You will typically find it on sandy dunes.
What might surprise you is the fact that there are not any hummingbirds in the area. Perhaps the plant is sufficient.
SolitaryBee said that the shape had nothing to do with the development of the plant.
“The fact that the flower looks like a bird to humans cannot have evolved adaptively because as a signal receiver, there is nothing humans could have done to increase the fitness of individuals that evolved this signal (to look like a bird),” the user who is a scientist commented.
“Unless indigenous Australians in arid Australia bred or traded the plant because it looks like a bird,” he continued.
People loved the way that the flowerbird plant looked but it is more than adorable, it may also have healing properties. The indigenous people in Australian used it as an eyewash for infections.
Australians do appreciate the unique shape and beauty of the plant but it may also be a helpful resource.
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The reason why it is shaped in such a way is because of a trait found in legumes. Many of them have Papilionaceous flowers which may have irregular clusters of five petals and a banner, which is a larger upper petal.
It may look similar to a flower but most people think it looks like a Hummingbird. Then again, they weren’t likely to make the mistake of thinking it was actually a bird.
The reason why we may see a Hummingbird is because of simulacrum, which is “an image or representation of someone or something.”
You can think of it as what you see when you look at many other things in life that lead us to believe that we are actually seeing a different type of object.