Amorphophallus titanum - TOP 10 SPECIAL AND STRANGE PLANTS

Top 10 Special and Strange Plants

If you walk around in an average neighborhood you will see many beautiful flowers, garden plants and trimmed trees around you, in all sorts of colors and smells. This diversity can be a miracle, but the average garden does not appear in the bizarre, color and fragrant (and dangerous) creations that grow on this globe.

In this top ten (with bonus) we give an overview of the world’s most bizarre plants. The world wonders in the planet Earth’s planet are scattered all over the globe, and we travel from hot to her. Beginning in the United States.

10. Venus Flying fall, the solution to your bug problem

Venus Vliegenval - TOP 10 SPECIAL AND STRANGE PLANTSphoto: Stefano Zucchinali / wikicommons

The Venus Flycatcher (Latin name: Dionaea muscipula, the latter means mouse trap) is a carnivorous plant that is quite popular and even available in the Netherlands, for the enthusiasts. Fleshy plants like these are rare in nature, and even more rare are the plants that can respond as quickly as the Venus fly fall. This species originates from the marshes in North and South Carolina (United States) and the reason for its aggressive survival strategy is that these marshes do not contain enough nutrition for the plant. Therefore, the plant is designated for other food sources, such as flies.

The trap is activated by hairs on the leaf. When they are moved too fast one after another, such as when a fly lands, for example, the blades fly flying. How exactly that works, biologists do not know exactly, but the result is deadly for the fly in question, which is stuck between the leaves and is then slowly degraded by digestive juices. Initially alive. Well … nature is not always as peaceful as we see her.

9. Tropical beers, slowly but surely

tropische bekerplant - TOP 10 SPECIAL AND STRANGE PLANTS

Tropical beers (Latin name nepenthes) are all carnivorous plants, but the most impressive of this plant family is the nepenthes edwardsiana, which occurs in Borneo, mainly at the foot of Mount Kinabalu and Tambuyukon. Special to this carnivorous plant is its capacity. Wherever the Venus flycatcher takes pleasure in, this cupplant sometimes pours up whole mice. Basically, his diet is simple: everything that fits into the “cup” shaped bag is seen as edible.

9. Wurgvijgg, a deadly hug


The name of wurgvijg stands for a group of plants that use a wurging technique to survive. In the tropics and subtrops, the jungles are so thick that it is difficult for novice plants to get enough sunlight on the bottom of the forest. Wurgvijgen have found a solution: they awake as a baby plant on top of other tall trees, where there is still plenty of sunlight. Then the fig grows toward the sun, and its roots wrap around the host tree on their way down. If the host dies in this process, no malheur, the fig simply lives as an inner hollow structure. Thus, this finger “blows” his host. This group of figs is also found in most tropical and subtropical forest chests.

7. Beerhead tooth mushroom, a mushroom with mowing capabilities

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A full mouth full, this name, although the Latin name is easier (Hericium americanum). This mushroom is edible, and was first described in 1984 by mushroom expert James Herbert. Officially, mushrooms are not flora (no plants) but nevertheless, this remarkable vegetation is discussed here. As we said, this mushroom is edible (without being toxic) and is even good for your nervous system development. It can also destroy worming. Convenient, if you happen to have it … With a look like a mop, this mushroom earns its place in these top ten!

6. Actaea pachypoda, you feel watched


The actaea pachypoda is also called doll’s eyes, ie dolls eyes.
And it will not surprise you why. It seems like a serial killer has picked his collection of eyes on a stick.Besides, you should not only stay away from this plant because it looks freaky, but also because it’s very toxic!

5. Welwitschia, the eternal plant

Welwitschia - TOP 10 SPECIAL AND STRANGE PLANTSphoto: Luxil / wikicommons

The Welwitschia (also Welwitschia mirabilis, in Latin) is also referred to as ‘tumbo’ or ‘two-bladed death’. That name seems Dutch and that is not surprising because the plant is from the deserts in Namibia and Angola, where Dutch farmers tried to settle centuries ago (with mixed success). Actually, the Welwitschia is almost a fossil, so old is the species, and all closely related species have already disappeared from the soil. Very distant relatives are the pine trees, pines, larchs and spruces. The Welwitschia has a single short trunk and only one pair of leaves, which are very bad, so it looks like there are many different leaves. It is therefore a simple plant. These two leaves are the only thing that Welwitschia can produce, how old he becomes. And they grow old. These plants can be 1500 years old, and some even older ones. The Welwitschia we see now could therefore come from a time when Jesus was born. And a newly sown Welwitschia will continue to exist for many generations after us, unless anyone hugs him.

4. Wolffia, the smallest plant on earth

Wolffia - TOP 10 SPECIAL AND STRANGE PLANTSphoto: Christian Fischer / wikicommons

The wolffia is a group of plants (9 to 11) that have the smallest flowers in the world. Therefore, these plant species deserve a place in our top ten. To show a little, look at this letter “o” as well. Imagine that two plants should be coded within this letter. If you see it for the mind, then you know how small the Wolffia are.

The plant can reproduce rapidly, partly because it has no leaves, roots or stems, only a flower occasionally, with a pestle and a stamina (all absolutely necessary for sexual reproduction).

3. The Lithops, a perfect plant for your stone tune


The Lithops are a group of plant species that share similarities to stones. No wonder they are called lithos, Lithos is Latin for Stone. Lithops means stony. These plants typically grow in South-East Africa, and there are about as many plant species variants if there are several stone species. This remarkable flowering form originates in a survival strategy; after all, few animals can digest stones and thus there are few animals eating pebbles. Neither plants that resemble stones.

By the way, these stone plants are popular as houseplants in the Netherlands. Be sure to inform a garden center if they have these cute pebbles, guaranteed that you can find a few!

2. Giant water lily floating smoothly for children


The Victoria Amazonica is the largest water lily in the world and is naturally typified by its huge floating leaves. The older leaves of this plant can reach a diameter of three meters, so if grown-up mature you would fit it perfectly. Do not you think they have a carrying capacity of ‘only’ 40 kilos. A child can be rested!

Each flower of this plant is only flourishing for two nights, the first night she is white, and attracts beetles with her smell. The next night the flower opens again, but this time it is pink. In the Netherlands you will find this beautiful plant in the Hortus Botanicus in Haren, the Diergaarde Blijdorp, the Oude Hortus in Utrecht and the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden.

1. Giant radish

Amorphophallus titanum - TOP 10 SPECIAL AND STRANGE PLANTS

The last plant in the list has a beautiful name and typical smell. The Amorphophallus titanum, or the Giant Aron. He is called in English, something more appropriate, the Corpse Flower, and this is because of its fragrance. This flower, when it is blooming, has a typical smell, the smell of rotting bodies.  it is sometimes called him the penis plant, and this is because of the fallus-like form of the flower.

The plant originates from Sumatra’s jungles, but you can find it today in the Leiden Hortus Botanicus.Because the plant only blooms in the three years, it’s a lot to happen if it’s actually so far. Even so that when the Ghent Aaronskelk flourished on the 9th of July, it was followed by a webcam! Given the Leidense calyx for the last bloom in 2008, there is a chance that we will soon be able to see and smell these flowers.


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