Mimosa pudica, also known as the “Sensitive Plant”, is quite unusual. The leaves fold inward and droop down when touched, opening again within an hour or so.
The second link is a video of the plant.
One of the most unusual plants is also the largest flowering plant on earth. The “Corpse Flower” or Rafflesia arnoldii has earned it’s name for the intense odor that it emits, it reportedly smells of rotting human flesh. It can be found in the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra and has a flower growing up to 3 feet in diameter and weighs in at 25 lbs.
I am a big fan of the banyan tree. These things have a couple really cool features about them. They have an aerial root system, where roots grow down from their branches and attach to the ground. These add to the second feature of the tree, it can get really really big. An old banyan tree in India is rumored to have a perimeter of half a mile.
Dragon Arum plants are crazy-looking. See pictures below. The thing I like about this plant is, it smells like a rotting corpse. Very opposite of what you might think.
Welwitschia mirabilis is the weirdest plant I have ever seen that does not smell like (or for that matter, eat) rotting flesh.
The plant consists of two leaves and a stem. That’s it. Yet they can grow to be six feet high and an astounding twenty-four feet wide. The tree doesn’t grow vertically in the way that we associate with traditional plant growth; it grows horizontally, with only minimal upward growth as the singular stem gets thicker and thicker. The weirdest is that the plants two leaves continue to grow, in short pulsating and expanding growth spurts, for the plant’s entire life span, which can be anywhere from four to fifteen HUNDRED years. That’s 400-1500 years of continous growth.
Needless to say, at the end of this the plant winds up looking not unlike a huge, uninhabitable Jabba the Hut.
(Those leaves in the image? TWO LEAVES. This is a life form DIRECTLY out of the Jurassic era.)
Carnivorous plants are always an interesting species. There are several types of carnivorous plants, the venus fly trap being the most recognized. The venus fly trap catches flies and eats them by closing toothy flaps over the fly. It is almost mouth like. Other carnivorous plants use bell shaped receptacles to catch water and trap insects in the bell shape to digest them. [img_assist|nid=188528|title=carnivorous plant|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=484][img_assist|nid=188529|title=plant|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=426]
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