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9 strange plant species

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Mother Nature has brought some of the most amazing and unusual organisms to life and when it comes to our friends with leaves and roots, we find some pretty incredible species. Here is an overview of 9 really strange plant species.

The world is populated with unique and beautiful plants.

1. The Dipper flycatcher

Like many other plants, the fly-catcher feeds on gas in the air and nutrients in the soil. However, because of a rather thankless soil, these plants get a lot of their nutrients by eating live insects. How? The leaves of the dionée consist of short and stiff hairs called triggering hairs or sensitive. When an insect touches these hairs, the 2 lobes of the leaves close in less than a second, trapping all that is inside.

2. The Rafflesia Arnoldii

Also called “flower-corpse” because of the smell of foul rot that emerges, rafflesia is known to have the largest single flower on the planet. One of these flowers can reach a diameter of 1 m (3.3 ft) and weigh up to 11 kg (24 lb). Its flower lasts only three days to a week.

3. The Euphorbia Obesa

Also known as “baseball plant” for its ball-like shape, this plant is native to South Africa, but has almost disappeared due to overexploitation and gathering without replanting. Like all euphorbia, its sap is poisonous and can grow up to 20 cm (8 inches), including buds, while the bulb can grow to a diameter of 10 cm (4 inches).

4. The Titan Arum

The prominent spike in the heart of the plant produces an odor similar to that of decaying fish or animals, which attracts insects (such as Rafflesia Arnoldii). Titan arum has a life expectancy of about 40 years and flowers on the edge of tropical forests, the wildest growing in the equatorial tropical forests of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5. The Mimosa Pudica

Native to South and Central America, this plant is strange because of its sensitivity to touch. When you touch the sheets of the so-called “sensitive”, they bend inward, fade or shake before reopening a few minutes later. It’s unclear why mimosa pudica does this, but many scientists believe that the plant uses its retractive ability to defend itself against predators.

6. The “little hermit” of Mexico

Only one specimen of this plant had been found in Mexico in 1985, but it had not been seen again until a St. Louis botanist, George Yatskievych, and his colleague found it in April 2008 in a pine forest of the mountains of Mexico. It is an orange-brown parasitic plant that has a cluster of dense pine cone-shaped flowers, a fleshy stalk like a branch of juicy celery, and which derives its livelihood from other plants.

7. The Nepenthes Attenboroughii

Also called rodent-eating pygmy pitchery, this plant is one of the most important of all carnivorous plants and is believed to be the largest meat-eating shrub in the world, capable of dissolving rats with its acidic enzymes. The scientists found it on Mount Victoria, Philippines and named it after Sir David Attenborough, the famous producer of naturalistic films.

8. The Stapelia

Also known as “Star Flower”, by anglophones, the genus Stapelia is composed of about 40 species found mainly in South Africa. Most stapelia flowers are distinctly hairy, have a curious texture, and they also seem to have an unpleasant odor such as rotting meat.

9. The Hydnora Africana

Most of the plant grows underground, except for the giant, fleshy flower that emerges above the ground and emits a feces odor to attract its natural pollinators, stercoraria or dung beetles and necrophores.

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