8 Extremely Weird Plants

By Midori Nakamura, DivineCaroline

Weird is relative. What seems weird to me might not seem weird to you. In the plant kingdom, however, there are definitely some species that most people would acknowledge are highly unusual.

1. Rafflesia arnoldii: this parasitic plant develops the world’s largest bloom that can grow over three feet across. The flower is a vibrant red-pink, with bumpy white spots. It has an offensive odor and has a hole in the center that holds six or seven quarts of water. The plant has no leaves, stems, or roots.

2. Hydnora africana: an unusual melon-colored, parasitic flower that attacks the nearby roots of shrubbery in the arid deserts of South Africa. The putrid-smelling blossom attracts herds of carrion beetles.

 

3. Dracunculus vulgaris: smells like rotting flesh, and has a burgundy-colored, leaf-like flower that projects a slender, black appendage.

4. Amorphophallus: means, literally, “shapeless male genetalia.” The name comes from the shape of the protruding spadix.


5. Wollemia nobilis: This bizarre-looking tree was known only from 120 million-year-old fossil leaves before 1994; fewer than one hundred exist in the wild. They have strange bark that looks like bubbles of chocolate, multiple trunks, and ferny-looking leaves growing in spirals. They can grow up to 125 feet tall.


6. Welwitschia mirabilis: consists of only two leaves and a stem with roots. Its two leaves continue to grow until they resemble an alien life form. The stem gets thicker rather than higher, although this plant can grow to be almost six feet high and twenty-four feet wide. Its estimated lifespan is 400 to 1500 years. Mirabilis grows in Namibia, and is thought to be a relic of the Jurassic period.

7. Drakaea glyptodon: an orchid. It is the color of, and smells like, raw meat. Pollinated by male wasps.

8. Wolffia angusta: the world’s smallest flower. A dozen plants would easily fit on the head of a pin and two plants in full bloom will fit inside a small printed letter “o.”

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382 comments

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers23 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

Nina S.
Nina S.25 days ago

tyfs

Dale O.

Fascinating and intriguing, some of these plants would be very interesting to have around, so colourful and unusual.

Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin2 years ago

interesting

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

Still a lot to learn

KAREN G.
Karen G.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Franck R.
Frank R.2 years ago

Thanks

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez2 years ago

8 pages? Can't believe I spent the time to read this. Guess I now know what not to get when I go to the nursery.

Michael H.
Mike H.2 years ago

Shapeless male genitalia? No comment

Susan B.
Susan B.2 years ago

Thank you