This is a flower from Thailand. It is also a protected species and is not allowed to be exported. This may be the only way we will be able to view this flower.
FROM THAILAND . . . THE VERY RARE PARROT FLOWER
Turns out the rare and beautiful Parrot Flower is a variety of Impatiens that blooms so abundantly in so many gardens, including in my sunroom:
This is what Wikipedia says about the Parrot Flower:
A balsam, Impatiens psittacina, or parrot flower, is a very rare impatiens species discovered in the Shan States of Upper Burma by A.H. Hildebrand, a British official, [in the late 19th century].
The species grows in the wild in a small region of north Thailand (near Chiang Mai), Burma, and in the north-east Indian state of Manipur. It is called the parrot flower because its flower bears a resemblance to a parrot in flight when viewed from the side.
The plant is erect and branches profusely and grows compactly to a height of about half a metre (1.64 ft.).This species of Impatiens is known in Thai as “Dork Nok Khaew” which translates to “Flower Bird Parrot”.