10. Hydnora africana
It would be an understatement to describe Hydnora africana as “weird.” It doesn’t photosynthesize and has no chlorophyll; while it’s classified as a plant, it’s similar to fungi in its habits. The plant itself grows underground, living as a parasite on the roots of other plants. You’d never know it was there if it wasn’t for its fleshy flower, which emerges from the ground to attract pollinators (yes, the picture above is a flower, not some hungry alien).
Like many of the plants on this list, it advertises itself to pollinators by emitting a strong odor—in this case, a stink of feces, designed to appeal to dung and carrion beetles. Unlike the other plants on this list, it doesn’t just let its pollinators fly by; instead, it actually traps the poor beetles in its flower tube, where they must stay until the flower is completely opened.