Flowers with petals that resemble hummingbirds

Although not from the area where I live, this plant, or rather the flower fascinated me, I had to blog about it. I, like others, was initially confused and then completely fascinated by the flower, which resembles a hummingbird as it flies. These flowers originate from the inland of Northern Australia, thriving well in sandy areas, sand dunes. Its Latin name is quite difficult to pronounce so they call it green bird-flower or regal bird-flower. Aboriginals used these flowers to treat eye infections. However, beyond all that is known about this flower, it remains unknown how and why it resembles a hummingbird so much, truly fascinating!

To be honest, I personally couldn't believe this was not a bird until I convinced myself, by reading, that it was a flower.

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