1. cartomancer says

    Pedantic Classicist Alert!

    With the name telipogon diabolicus It should really be the Devil’s Beard Orchid. Or, more accurately still, the Devil’s Beard Tip Orchid.

    Makes you wonder why the botainsts who came up with the Linnaean classification wanted to focus on the beard tip rather than the face…

  2. cartomancer says

    Ah, that would be it!

    Going entirely for the Greek and Latin translations and forgetting how Linnaean classification works. Me all over…

  3. rietpluim says

    This is a lot clearer than the face of Jesus on a toast and therefore definite proof that Satan surpasses Yahweh.

  4. says

    chigau and rietpluim
    And if you don’t it looks like an upside-down cuttlefish, which proves that the cuttlefish surpasses both Satan and Yahweh!

  5. DonDueed says

    Since when does the belief in the existence of devils count as atheism?

    Yeah, right, you’re referencing what a rather dumb fundie thinks atheism is, but still.

  6. josa arturoenraquez says

    Is it related to Paphiopedilum (a common cultivated “shoe orchid” genus)? The fusion of the lower sepals and the cup shaped labium makes me think so. I hope they got some seed pods and are trying to grow it.

  7. Nemo says

    I can see why someone might call it a Devil’s Head, but the first thing I thought of when I saw it was a bug sitting on the flower. I wonder if that’s the mimicry that was actually selected for, as with some other flowers.