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8 Funny & Strange Plant Names (Slideshow)

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1. Sausage Tree

No, those aren’t brats hanging off of this tree — they’re actually fruit! Native to tropical Southern Africa, the sausage tree’s fruit is highly poisonous when eaten raw, but is fermented, dried or roasted to be consumable. Be careful if you ever come across one of these trees — the fruit, which can weigh over 20 pounds, can really hurt someone if it falls!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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7:47PM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Love the TickleMe Plant that moves like an animal and is so much fun to tickle!

1:03PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Interesting.Thanks for sharing

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8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Fascinating, already aware of several. Always a delight to check out plants/trees that I am unacquainted with. So many varieties are scattered across the world. Love the sausage tree, interesting that the fruit gets so heavy. Many intriguing leaves.

6:39PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

I love the pet TickleMe Plant because it really does moves like it is being Tickled when you Tickle It! See video use coupon code GIFT to save $2.00

7:38AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

love these!

4:01AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Resurrection ferns are awesome! I bought my mum one for Yule, she loves it.

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