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Top 10 Most Beautiful Flowers in the World

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"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844


Below are images of some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. It was hard narrowing down the list to 10 but it had to be done. The choices were based on various polls and surveys on the net and similar blog articles. Besides, they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Enjoy.


Bird of Paradise

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The bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is an exotic flower that is native to South Africa. Because of the flower's resemblance to a colorful bird in flight, the name was aptly coined. The flower, which blooms from September through May, is a popular design element in gadens.


Calla Lily

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The calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) prefers to live in ponds or banks of rivers and streams. The flower's spathe can expand up to 10 inches while the yellow spadix can grow to a length of 4 inches. The plant is a native to southern Africa.




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Cherry Blossom

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Nothing is more beautiful than the arrival of Spring in Japan when the cherry blossoms (Prunus serrulata) trees are in full bloom. Though the blossoms could aslo be found in other east Asian countries like China and Korea, Japan has the most varieties. Sakura is the traditional name for the flowers.


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Dahlia

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The dahlia is a genus native to Central America, Colombia and Mexico and they are characterized as bushy, tuberous and perennial plants. The plant was named after the botanist Anders Dahl. There are roughly 30 species and at least 20,000 cultivars.


Oriental Poppy

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The oriental poppy (Papaver orientale) is a perennial and contrary to what its name suggest is not a native to the Orient but to Turkey - in Caucasus. The plant thrives during droughts and summers because it totally sheds it foliage. The flower also comes in white, pink, red and mutlicolored.


Rose

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From the genus Rosa, the rose is a woody perennial shrub whose varieties' stems are often thorned. Most species are found in Asia but it is generally well distributed all over the world. Roses are considered one of the most beautiful ornamental plants to decorate any garden.


Above: English roses

Right: Amber flush rose



Stargazer

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The stargazer (Lillium stargazer) belongs to the lily family, particularly the Oriental group of lilies. Other than it's attractive colors and overall appearance, this species is known for its heady and fragrant perfume. The flower, which blooms during the summer season can spead up to 16 inches across with, at the most, 5 flowers on a stem.


Tulip

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The tulip (from the genus Tulipa) is one of the most cultivated flowers in the world as it is distributed from Southern Europe to Africa to Asia. Most of its hybrids are grown in pots and are a popular fresh-cut flowers. Although the Dutch are the usual suspects when it comes to breeding the species, the first commercial cultivation of the plant actually happened in Iran.





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Waling-waling

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The waling-waling (Euanthe sanderiana, originally named Vanda sanderiana) is so beautiful it is considered the Philippines' Queen of Flowers. The species is endemic to Mindanao in the Philippines and comes in pink and white forms. It belongs to the orchid family.




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White Lotus

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The white lotus (Nymphaea lotus) is called the Egyptian white waterlily or the tiger lotus. The species comes from the Nymphaeaceae family and grows in various parts of Southerast Asia and East Africa. The blossoms float on water with the support of its lily pads. The white lotus is also a popural pond and aquarium plant.



Comments

Arun Dev from United Countries of the World on July 03, 2015:

Beautiful images! Flowers are such wonderful creations of Nature.

this is the most beautiful flowers on May 10, 2014:

Thanky

VIJIYALAKSHMI on October 15, 2013:

i like very much

joysangsuk on April 25, 2013:

i like white lotus so much.

sriramapriya from India on April 04, 2013:

Dahlia and Oriental Poppy are very beautiful.....................................................................................................................

vanessa on January 05, 2013:

I love dahlia its so pretty I wanna have one I can't belive how pretty things are in the world I wanna see more beautiful things like beaches or trees or places with snow. :-)

dua on November 16, 2012:

i love stargazer , yellow and pink flower i love sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo mauch.

katy perzy on October 09, 2012:

i love those flowers except waling waling cuz it has a bad name :(((

noreen on September 17, 2012:

red rose very very fervite

jatinder on August 26, 2012:

very beautiful

Selvedina Goga on July 26, 2012:

It's very beautiful and really gorgease

black beauty on June 05, 2012:

these are unbelievable

praveena on May 25, 2012:

flowers are very beautiful i love flowers very much

Abdurahamn ( karayou) on May 14, 2012:

I LOVE FLOWER SO MUCH MORE

sana on April 12, 2012:

wao!its so beautiful pics.

shah sauod on April 08, 2012:

I love flowers so much

redwallfreak on February 18, 2012:

why wasn't columbine there? xD

John McNamara (author) from The Blue Planet on June 26, 2011:

4youreyes - yes, very gorgeous. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. And have a good day too!

4youreyes on June 26, 2011:

John,

These flowers are gorgeous they were so nice to look at on this cool rainy morning in the northeast. Thanks !

Have A Good Day !

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