December 3, 2022
Interesting Facts

Nature sometimes creates incredible wonders. Things we wouldn’t believe if we didn’t see them with our own eyes. Wherever you go in the world, you can find plants that resemble animals, people, or insects.

One of the best examples of this is the following story, which comes straight from the dune landscapes of Australia. We’ve probably all seen a hummingbird, if not up close and personal, then in a photograph or video of some kind. There is an indigenous shrub in northern Australia whose flowers resemble a tiny hummingbird. So much so that they can be quite disconcerting to the first-time observer.

The reality is simpler than that: it’s just the green bird’s-foot trefoil (Crotalaria cunninghamii), a member of the pea family, identified by Alan Cunningham during a sea expedition in 1810. Your mind is in the right place, however, if you see the hummingbird looking at the buttercup plant.

The petals of the flower symbolize the bird’s body, feathers, and wings, while the flower’s spike symbolizes its head and beak. What’s more, they are positioned on the stems of the plant just as if the bird were searching for its dinner between a few flaps of its wings. This is, of course, purely coincidence, and of course, the miracle of mother nature.

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