WEIRDEST Plants on Earth

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We pass hundreds, if not thousands, of different plants every day and we barely pay them any attention. We’re going to assume it’s because we see them every day; we’re used to them and so no longer notice the beauty in the plants around us. Well, we’d probably notice all of the plants on this list if we saw them in real life as they are all very eye-catching and weird. Join us now as we take you through our list of Super Strange Plants!

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6. Darwin’s Slipper
These itty-bitty, strange-looking, slipper flowers are evergreen, perennial plants with really shallow root systems and stand only up to five inches tall! They resemble some weird alien/snail/kangaroo hybrid (as you can see in this picture) and are yellow-orange in color with differing amounts of garnet-red to a light chestnut speckling. They are native to South America and are sought after for homes and businesses alike. They can grow both indoors and outdoors, but they prefer more shaded areas and a carefully monitored supply of water as their native landscapes are typically cooler plains regions where sunlight and water aren’t extremely abundant.

5. Nepenthes Rajah
Oh boy, this is one strange, strange-looking plant! Meet the Nepenthes Rajah—a member of the Nepenthaceae (Na-pen-tha-chee-ee) family and a carnivorous pitcher plant species. It’s wholly endemic to Mount Tambuyukon and its neighbor, Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. It likes to grow in areas where there is seeping groundwater as the soil there is going to be permanently moist and loose and it also only grows on serpentine substrates. The plant is a scrambling vine and, while they usually grow along the ground, they will try to climb up any object it comes into contact with that can support it! Their pitchers act as traps for insects and have, from time to time, been found with rats or other small animals inside, making them one of only two Nepenthes species documented to have captured prey of the mammalian kind in the wild. They almost look like tiny, ornate toilets just hanging out in the wild, but who knew that they had a more sinister story to tell? Interesting.

4. Jade Vine
Also known as the emerald vine, the turquoise jade vine, and, scientifically, as Strongylodon macrobotrys (stron-jill-oh-don macro-bottrees). It’s native to the tropical forests of the Philippines and is a species of woody vine, known as leguminous perennial liana. They have stems that can reach lengths of almost sixty feet and is a member of the bean and pea family! This crazy vine is pollinated by bats and birds but is considered an endangered species due to the destruction of its habitat and the decrease in numbers of its pollinators as their homes are affected and destroyed too. Their turquoise flowers are claw-shaped and almost look like strange, blue bananas from a distance. They are clustered in pendant trusses that can contain more than 75 flowers and can grow as large as three feet long! You can find them in damp forests, typically growing next to streams or in ravines, where they hang out all day and do their plant thing.

3. Hydnellum Peckii
This bizarre-looking plant is a fungus in the family Bankeraceae and is most definitely not edible, although it is not toxic. It’s known for its crazy appearance, with spores on the surface of tooth-like appendages or vertical spines that hang down from the bottom of the fruit bodies. Typically, they’re found in Europe and North America, but more recently it was found in Iran and Korea! They appear to bleed out as they ooze a fluid that is bright red due to a pigment that is known to possess some anticoagulant properties that are similar to heparin. It’s known by many nicknames that describe the appearance of the fungus more accurately than Hydnellum Peckii, including bleeding tooth fungus, the Devil’s tooth, bleeding Hydnellum, red-juice tooth, and strawberries and cream! Sounds like quite the treat, doesn’t it?

2. Skeleton Flower
We’ve all seen what happens when you wear white clothes and it begins to rain, or you get in a random water war… the clothes start to become more and more see-through the wetter they get. Well, that’s the same thing that happens to this flower; as raindrops fall upon the petals of the Skeleton flower or Diphylleia Grayi, the ordinarily opaque-white flowers take on a crystal-clear, icy effect where their white veins stick out and almost appear as bones (as you can see in this picture). Where do you think this thing got its name? Once the flower dries off, it goes back to its standard, white color, just waiting for the next rain to assist it in unleashing its wild side, kind of like you see in this picture! Skeleton flowers are generally found on the wooded mountainsides in some of the colder areas of Japan and a related species, Diphylleia cymosa, can be found in the Appalachian Mountains in deciduous forests. What a unique and beautiful little flower!


WEIRDEST Plants on Earth

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