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Flower petals that look like mini hummingbirds will make you look twice

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While you may not have heard of the word “simulacrum” before, you’ve probably encountered at least one in your lifetime. A simulacrum is a representation of an object of person – think a caricature or a statue of a god.

Here’s another example that has mesmerized thousands of people on Reddit. The flower petals on this plant look exactly like mini hummingbirds!

A Reddit user by the name of -OctopusPrime uploaded the fascinating photo of the bird-shaped flowers to the NatureIsF**kingLit subreddit and it quickly received thousands of upvotes and several hundred comments.

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Many users were curious about the name of the flower, Crotalaria cunninghamii or the birdflower, and it’s location, Western Australia.

But there were also a handful who wanted to know the science behind the shape of this unique plant.

Simply stated, humans see a hummingbird when the flower petal is observed in a certain way and it’s unlikely that it’s an “evolved resemblance.”

A Reddit user, who claimed to be a “postdoc scientist studying the evolution and ecology of flowers,” explained that this particular plant inhabits the arid parts of Australia.

“The fact that the flower looks like a bird to humans cannot have evolved adaptively because as a signal receiver, there is nothing humans could have done to increase the fitness of individuals that evolved this signal (to look like a bird),” they wrote. “Unless indigenous Australians in arid Australia bred or traded the plant because it looks like a bird.”

However, there is no evidence of “ornamental horticulture in indigenous Australian culture,” which makes this theory unlikely.

“So in summary, a: It is implausible that the resemblance to humans is adaptive, and b: it is exceptionally unlikely the flower resembles a bird to non-human observers.”

Science aside, these flower petals that look like hummingbirds are absolutely gorgeous!

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