Curiosity

This Funky Plant Has Hummingbird-Shaped Flowers

Whoa! This is so pretty.

Australia is famous for its vast array of quirky creatures — like koalas, kangaroos and wombats — as well as the scarier ones like snakes, spiders, and sharks. Less well known, however, are the continent’s beautiful flora, such as the hummingbird plant.

The hummingbird plant is native to the inland area of northern Australia and also grows throughout Western Australia. It is a legume, specifically a member of the pea family, and has been used by the aboriginal people of Australia to treat eye infections. But what caught our eye is how striking it is.

As you can see in this Instagram post from Moony Creations, the leaves resemble the graceful wings of a hummingbird, and the plant even mimics the bird’s rounded head and beak: