So many plants on earth have been a reliable source of human intrigue and interest for a long, long time. We always battle to think about all the novel parts of the planet. As we effectively figure out how to uncover one riddle, we come across another. One such engaging thing this planet brings to the table is plants. While a few blossoms are not all that appealing and their fragrant isn’t wonderful while others are pretty and amazingly satisfying to the eye. This article features 7 of those strange flowers below.
- Tacca integrifolia (The batflower)
One of the world’s biggest and most surprising flowers. It was first discovered in the Southern part of Asia. Just like the name states, this unique plant has petals that look like bat wings. It often has whiskers with color ranging from violet to dark black tones and can develop as long as 29 inches. It does not bloom in daylight, it prefers the shade. Although, it’s not often available in most florist shops, however, it is ideal for Christmas decoration.
Its interesting minimal white bracts look like bats’ ears and the black blossoms come in groups of 20 – 40 and take after bats’ appearances. This plant can grow as high as 60 – 90 centimeters and comes in either a white or black version. The bristles of the bloom will likewise become very long, till it touches the ground. An intriguing fact about this strange flower is that in spite of its likeness to the lily, it belongs to the yam family!
- Dracula simia (Monkey Face Orchid)
This little plant was so easy to name “dracula” because it has 2 long petals that resemble fangs and “simia” since it looks like primates. It has 2 small dull eyes with fuzzy-spotted eyebrows. The textured nose and facial hair bear striking similarity to monkeys – turns out to be significantly more apparent when seen from a far distance.
Don’t get furious if you’ve never observed one because the Monkey Face Orchid is very uncommon. It can be found only in Peru’s cloud forests and Southeast Ecuador at elevations of about three thousand feet. It can bloom throughout the entire year and the smell of the flowers is just like oranges. It will make such a beautiful addition to the orchid garden.
- Lithops comptonii (Living Stones, Lithops Weberi)
We have all heard of people owning stones as pets but have you heard of a flower stone? Your eyes are not deceiving you, this plant is literally called Living Stones. These are amazing miniature succulents that can be grown inside the home, particularly for people whose thumbs are not all that green. They are found growing only in South Africa, where they are become resistant to drought due to evolutional development. At the point of blooming, it appear more interesting, the stones will have yellow/ daisies growing in the middle. Also super simple to propagate, you just need to take one leaf from the plant and stick it into the soil to flourish.
- Hydnora Africana (Jackal food, Subterranean Plant)
People often easily tag it as sponge plant without much of a stretch. This plant is parasitic in nature and can be found growing in arid African deserts. It utilizes an offensive smell to entice insects such as beetles to itself. These bugs discover their way inside the plant easily yet can’t easily leave it. Their prolonged time inside the flower guarantees that they have sufficient time to get the pollen and enhance pollination by bugs.
The above info isn’t wrong, this plant is not a beast. This plant from South Africa genuinely standout amongst the most peculiar plants on Earth. In spite of its insane look, it’s really more common in the arid places. Hydnora Africana is likewise termed as Jackal Food by the local people. It has no chlorophyll, roots or apparent leaves. It is a complete parasite that grows underground and the blooms take almost a year to develop and rise up out of the ground. In spite of its gigantic look and sickening aroma, delicious berries grow on it which are used to make enjoyable meals when prepared over a fire. Furthermore, the plant has medicinal properties and has been utilized for treating acne breakouts, for tanning and preservation of fishnets.
- Antirrhinum majus (SnapDragon Seed Pod)
Have you ever be uncertain whether a plant is alive or not? Well here is the evidence. Numerous horticulturist and florist love Snapdragon due to its splendid aroma and colors, also once you press the sides of a Snapdragon bloom it would seem that a mythical beast is opening and shutting its mouth. However, not all horticulturists are aware of the dragon-like skulls that remain after the plant is done seeding. Strangely enough in the olden days, people had beliefs that Snapdragons has mysterious powers, and that developing them in one’s garden would shield the home from evils and spells. These modest, impeccable little skulls are a significant notice of how life goes, wouldn’t you agree?
- Chiranthodendron pentadactylon (Devils Hand)
There is a saying that idles hands are the demon’s workshop. But we are not sure how to classify the Devil’s Hands are, yet people love staring at this unique flower. This plant is locally found in Mexico where the Olden Aztecs had particularly high level of religious respect for the person who collected the flowers for ages. It produces fruit that has plain taste and has been utilized for quite a long time in traditionally to manage coronary illnesses. This plant is not like most tropical plants, it is incredibly strong and develop quickly to a height of about 40 – 90 inches.
- Raffelsia keithii (Corpse bloom)
The last plant on our list is a fairly gloomy yet pretty flower called the Corpse Flower. There is somewhat of a discussion about whether Titan arum or Rafflesia keithii is the genuine corpse flower. This Flower is substantially rarer and can only be found in Indonesia’s rainforests. A parasitic plant that has no stems, noticeable leaves, or roots makes some people termed it as a fungus instead of a flower. Notwithstanding the Corpse Flower is the biggest individual flower in the world – about 3 ft tall. If you happen to see one, appreciate it from a distance and don’t inhale its odor.
The scent is upsetting and smells like a rotten carcass. They discharge this smell to entice bugs and insects to promote insect pollination. They grow well in rainforests but because of extreme deforestation, they are currently classified as plants in danger of extinction.