10 Weirdest Plants in the World

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Here are the most weirdest plants in the world that you probably never have heard about, must see the oldest, amazing and the weirdest looking and functioning plants in the world.

Hydnellum peckii

Also known as Bleeding tooth fungus is an inedible fungus, but is not toxic they are inedible its extremely bitter taste. Mostly found in North America, Europe.
It's a kind of mushroom.

Amorphophallus titanum

Also known as the corpse flower, is the world's biggest and worst smelling flower. It is native to the Borneo rain forest, the plant blooms only a few times in its 40-year life span. During the first eight hours, the bloom emits a scent similar to rotting eggs or a dead animal. Found in Asia, Africa and Australia.

Rafflesia arnoldii

Parasitic plant that develops the world's largest bloom. It can grow over 3 ft. wide, has no leaves, stems, or roots. It has a very strong and horrible odor of decaying flesh, which is why its called corpse flower.

Old Tjikko

This is the world's oldest known living individual clonal tree, roughly 9,550 years old. It is 16 ft. spruce in the Dalarna province of Sweden.

Wolffia

Are group of smallest flowering plants on Earth. Each Wolffia plant produces a microscopic flower inside a small cavity on the upper side of the plant body. Tiny Wolffia plants are commonly dispersed on the feet of water fowl, tucked neatly under the duck's bodies during flight. 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" on this page.

Pando Populus tremuloides

Also known as The Trembling Giant.It is a clonal colony of a single male quaking aspen determined to be a single living organism, has one massive underground root system. The clonal colony encompasses 106 acres, weighs nearly 5900 tonnes, and has over 40,000 trunks, which die individually and are replaced by new stems growing from its roots which is estimated to be 80,000 years old.

Ficus benghalensis

The Great Banyan is a banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) located in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah, near Kolkata, India. The circumference of the original trunk was 1.7 m and from the ground was 15.7 m.
The Lahaina Banyan Tree is a massive tree living in its own designated park in downtown Lahaina, the main town on the Hawaiian island of Maui. It was imported form India in 1873 and planted in the Courthouse Square in Lahaina to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Protestant mission in Maui.
1000 pillar-like prop roots supporting massive limbs that cover four acres

Nepenthes

Also known as tropical pitcher plants or monkey cups. is a genus of carnivorous plants in the monotypic family Nepenthaceae. The name "monkey cups" refers to the fact that monkeys have been observed drinking rainwater from these plants.
It feeds on insects mostly, but other animals include arthropods found frequently include spiders, scorpions, centipedes, snails and frogs. The most uncommon prey for Nepenthes species includes rats.

Victoria amazonica

Victoria amazonica is a species of flowering plant, the largest of the Nymphaeaceae family of water lilies. The species has very large leaves, up to 3 m in diameter, that float on the water's surface on a submerged stalk, 7–8 m in length.

Fallopia japonica

The Chinese fleece flower, although people argue this is actually made through an artificial process, requires a mold to grow around an actual root, but no one has actually proven whether its fake or real, I just found it too interesting to exclude it from the list.
Also, these plants are famous as these human shaped roots across the internet, you can easily search for them on the internet and find out for yourself. Google- Chinese fleece flower.

Bladderworts

Also called bladderworts, is a genus of carnivorous plants consisting 233 species approximately.
All Utricularia are carnivorous and capture small organisms by means of bladder-like traps. Terrestrial species tend to have tiny traps that feed on minute prey such as protozoa and rotifers swimming in water-saturated soil. Authorities on the genus, such as botanists Peter Taylor and Francis Ernest Lloyd, agree that the vacuum-driven bladders of Utricularia are the most sophisticated carnivorous trapping mechanism to be found anywhere in the plant kingdom.The trapping mechanism of the trap is purely mechanical.
It can trap larger prey such as tadpoles and mosquito larvae, also small fishes can be sucked up by its mechanism.

References and more information

Wikipedia Creative Commons
Wikipedia- For more information about them.
Mentalfloss- Old Tjikko
Snopes.com- Chinese Fleece flower
botany.org- About Nepenthes

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author avatar Joyce Singha
10th Sep 2014 (#)

Very interesting article. Thanks for putting it out here. I knew about a few of them but not all.

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author avatar Salem
14th Oct 2014 (#)

nice article..

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