The ugliest orchid in the world looks like a soul-sucking, eyeless worm

Orchids are usually valued for their grace and loveliness, but a newly described species from Madagascar is unlikely to win beauty pageants. Its tiny flowers are mottled brown and resemble a moldy paper bag (or maybe an eyeless, worm-like head with a mouth that gapes in a silent scream or consumes your soul).

It’s no wonder the newly discovered species was named “the ugliest orchid in the world” by the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) in the UK in 2020, representatives said in a statement.