Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2009]
It is also a protected species and not allowed to be exported.
This will be the only way we will be able to view this flower.
THE VERY RARE PARROT FLOWER.
Origins: Photographs of the "parrot plant" (Impatiens psittacina), which bears flowers whose shape and coloring are strikingly evocative of a parrot in flight, have been circulating and delighting viewers on the Internet since the mid-2000s. Although such pictures originally provoked much speculation that the plant did not exist and the images were digitally created composites, the "parrot flower" is indeed real and appears as pictured above, as noted by Ray Morgan in a 2007 article on the Impatiens genus published in
It was described by JD Hooker in 1901, and the specific epithet psittacina means parrot-like. The flowers, which do resemble a parrot in flight, are shades of pale lilac, reddish purple, and white.
Last updated: 12 March 2015
Morgan, Ray. "Parrot-Billed Impatiens." The Plantsman. September 2007.