5 Weirdest Plants

Wednesday, 06 Oct 2010 10:25 AM

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There are several unusual species in the plant kingdom. Here’s a list of five of the weirdest:

Solanum mammosum:
This is a weird plant with fruits shaped like udders. It is also known as the Cows Udder Plant. This interesting plant is a hardy perennial with large velvety leaves, small purple flowers, and firm thorns. Its showy yellow udder-shaped fruit is related to the tomato but, unlike the vegetable, it’s quite poisonous. Along with some medicinal properties, this unusual plant can also be used as a detergent for washing clothes. This tropical plant is native to South America.

Venus Fly Trap - Dionaea muscipula:
The Venus Fly Trap is the most famous of all insectivorous plants. This is a plant that moves based on the efficient nature of its unique traps. Its two-hinged leaves are covered in ultrasensitive fine hair that detects the presence of everything from ants to arachnids. Trigger the hair and the trap will shut in less than a second. This tropical plant is native to North and South Carolina. Insectivorous plants have five basic trapping mechanisms — pitfall traps (found in pitcher plants), flypaper traps, snap traps, bladder traps, and lobster-pot traps.

The Dancing Plant - Desmodium gyrans:
The Dancing Plant is a plant that moves. It has been given several common names such as Dancing Grass or Telegraph Plant or Semaphore Plant. The names are based on its leaf movements, which resemble semaphore signals. It is easy to grow and is a very useful remedy for cuts and snakebite poisoning. This tropical plant is widely distributed across Asia and Society Islands in the South Pacific.


A Plant That Can Walk - Socratea exorrhiza:
Here is an unusual plant that moves, or rather, walks. It is a palm tree native to the rainforests of central and South America. Its stilt-like roots enable it to walk toward the sun, at a rate of 1 meter per year.

The Baseball Plant - Euphorbia obesa:
Euphorbia Obesa is an unusual plant because of its curious appearance; it looks like a baseball. It is a tropical plant from the Great Karoo region of South Africa. It remains endangered in its native habitat but has become common in cultivation, with nurseries and botanical gardens growing it in large numbers.


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