The world’s ugliest orchid looks like a soul-sucking, eyeless worm

Orchids are usually valued for their grace and beauty, but a newly described species from Madagascar is unlikely to win any beauty pageants. Its small flowers are a marbled brown, and it looks like a musty paper bag (or maybe an eyeless, worm-like head with a mouth gaping in a quiet scream or to devour your soul).

No wonder the newly discovered species has been called “the ugliest orchid in the world” by the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) in the UK, which recently placed the domestic newcomer at the top of a list highlighting species that are discovered in 2020, representatives said in a statement.