A friend forwarded an article about “The Exotic Rainforest” collection with photographs of the rare parrot flower (impatiens psittacina). The author, in a matter-of-fact tone, described lengthily the research he did to prove that the rare plant is not a hoax, that it is real, and that it is not an orchid species.
The plant thrives in the rainforest of Thailand, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and portions of East India. It is known to the people of Thailand as “Dok Nok Khaew” (dok = flower, nok = bird, and khaew = green or the word for parrot). So the translation would be Flower Bird Parrot. It is not an orchid, it is one of the rarest members of the genus impatiens. The Thai law made it illegal to own, collect, or export the plants or seeds. A botanist described the species as resembling a “cockatoo suspended by a string from its shoulders”.