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Are the Hanging Naked Men Flowers Real?

There’s this meme going around that claims there is a flower called Hanging Naked Men. This is the photo:

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Of course I laughed like a school boy. And of course I wanted to know if it was real.

So, I Google imaged it. Bad idea. DO NOT Google Image search “Hanging Naked Men.” Take my word for it.

Instead, stay here and giggle inappropriately over these images that I found.

And after some research, I have found that it is called Orchis Italica, or The Naked Man Orchid. So funny. They come in all sorts of shapes and, umm… sizes.

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Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

60 comments
MichaelCallis
MichaelCallis

Where can I buy one. Does they grow in houston , texas

HB Evony
HB Evony

I did the Hanging Naked Men Google search. Your page here is 4th. Kewl huh?

Deborah Lustig
Deborah Lustig

These are wild orchids found in Israel (among other places, I guess). There are 2 others that are similar - galilean orchid, spotted orchid. google those too!

Kristen Hazlet
Kristen Hazlet

There are so e crazy, silly orchids, all strangely beautiful

Stacey Armstrong
Stacey Armstrong

I would definitely have thought this was photoshopped. Thanks for researching, Dan. lol

Ivonne Marie
Ivonne Marie

I've been saying it for years: Orchids are aliens. :-)

Sandra Canizales
Sandra Canizales

They smell??? Really not even in flowers guyz can't smell good

Elena Yatskovska Caron
Elena Yatskovska Caron

You are awesome! Thank you for posting this. Had a good laugh after a crazy day with kids!

Nico Petrin
Nico Petrin

They're real and they smell really bad.

Heather D
Heather D

Now, for those whom favor flower tattoos, how about you add this one to your collection. =)

jimfromcanada
jimfromcanada

I think Orchis Italica means Italian Orchid.

Lyllie Skye-Adilayde Price
Lyllie Skye-Adilayde Price

My boss loves orchids but I don't know if she's ever seen these, I might have to look at getting her one bec they're hilarious. :P

AlurusTrudgereOndersan
AlurusTrudgereOndersan

I LOVE these!  So glad they're real and I don't have to google ANYTHING that juxtaposes 'naked men' and 'hanging.'  You're a mensch. 

Kristy Beins
Kristy Beins

I wonder if they will grow in Houston. . .

LillyGiles
LillyGiles

Love flowers and unusual ones!!! You are so amusing thanks for keeping laughter alive!

Natalie Hansen
Natalie Hansen

That is the craziest thing I've seen in a long time! Someone in heaven's flower design department has a mischievous sense of humor!

Wendy Jardine
Wendy Jardine

They make me think of Dr. Seuss for some reason... I love them!

shanandee
shanandee

Dan, thanks for the warning and doing the leg work for us!  What a thoughtful guy!

Raven
Raven

Hahaha! This is how you know God has a sense of humor :)

Helen Vander-Heyden
Helen Vander-Heyden

look up the monkey face ones or look up stylideiums , the hammer orchid

Lisa Holloway
Lisa Holloway

They are real. I saw them at a South American orchid exhibit at the Smithonian in March : )

hakr
hakr

@CarlaHammerLathrom Ebay has them for about 18 - 20 pounds. They come from Greece I from what I have seen.

Amy Oberle Mcbroom
Amy Oberle Mcbroom

@Dawn Till Fitzgerald LOL my first thought was that if I ever get married again I want these in my bouquet! 

MrsApricot
MrsApricot

@EstherCoyne That's what I had always heard them called, too, until the image began circulating on Facebook.