Famous Plants

Famous Plants

We see plants everywhere. They grow in the wilds or in manicured gardens, from outdoor monsters through to indoor plants in offices. These plants adapt to their environment. But there are some plants that look strange or weird and such development was caused by the plant’s inability to adapt to their environment causing them to develop unusual growth, shape or size. The world is full of strange-looking, oddly-smelling plants or plants that can move, eat meat or plants that look like rocks. Some of them are listed below:

  • Borneo’s Corpse Flower or Corpse Lily. Scientific name is Amorphophallus titanium. It is the most odorous and biggest flower in the world. This plant thrives in Borneo’s rain forest and it blossoms only rarely in over a 40 year life cycle. A pungent scent, similar to rotten eggs or dead animal is emitted by the flower in its first eight hours of blooming.

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    Corpse Lily
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  • Namibia’s Welwitschia Mirabilis. Known as the most resistant plant in the world, Welwitschia plants survive on two leaves and a sturdy stem with roots. The two leaves become thick as they grow to a height of up to 2 meters high and 8 meters wide. They are said to last for 400 to 1500 years. It can survive five years without rain.
  • South Africa’s Baseball Plant. Scientifically known as Euphorbia Obesa, this plant is found common in South Africa’s Great Karoo region. The plant’s interesting perfect ball-like appearance has caused the specie to be endangered. It has no thorns and is extremely decorative. Young plants grow up to 6 cm in diameter while the adult plants can reach 15 cm in diameter. It has a built-in water reservoir for drought periods.
  • Resurrection Fern. This is also known as Selaginella lepidophylla, a plant native to the Chihuahuan Desert. Without rain, the plant dries up with its stems curling into a tight ball. It can remain in this form for years. When it rains, the stems uncurl. Water is absorbed by the dry leaves. The plant returns to its green color when it is watered. As long as it receives water, it will continue to grow. Without water it will dry and will assume a ball-like shape, but it’s still alive.
  • Baobab. This is the common name of Adansonia, a plant that contains eight species of trees found in Madagascar, mainland Africa and Australia. The plant looks like a tree which earned it the name “bottle tree”. Aside from looking like bottles, Baobabs store about 300 liters of water. Hence, they often live over 500 years.
  • Dragon Tree or Dragon Blood Tree. Known by its scientific name, Dracaena Cinnabari, this plant is found in the island of Socotra. It has an appearance described as upturned crown in the shape of an upside-down umbrella. It is named after its dark resin known as dragon’s blood.
  • Hydnora Africana. This unattractive plant, rises out of the ground like the head of a blind sea snake with opened jaws. It is foul-smelling, like feces. This parasitic plant attaches itself to the roots of other plants and emits a pungent smell that attracts dung and carrion beetles, its natural pollinators.

This article courtesy of Michael Costin.

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