Mother Nature’s creativity knows no limits. Sometimes, in addition to those that are perfect and beautiful, she also creates things that are downright bizarre. Just take a look at some of the weirdest plants on earth:
Rafflesia arnoldii: Growing up to a diameter of around 3 feet, Rafflesia arnoldii is the world’s largest individual flower. It smells of rotten flesh, giving it the nickname, corpse flower. Reddish brown in colour, it does not have leaves, roots or stems. It is very rare and is one of the national flowers of Indonesia.
Venus Flytrap: This is a small carnivorous plant which traps insects and spiders in its trap-like structure at the end of its leaves.
When the insects touch the sensitive hairs inside the trap, it snaps shut! The digestive juices which are secreted take care of the rest.
Black Bat Flower: It is black and looks rather like a bat. Measuring upto 12 inches across, this flower has long whisker-like filaments which grow to a length of nearly 28 inches. This plant is commonly seen in Yunnan Province, China.
Pitcher Plant: Shaped like a jug, this carnivorous plant traps its prey by drowning them in its deep cavity filled with liquid. Once the insects fall into the trap, they cannot climb out because of the slippery surface inside the pitcher. The liquid slowly dissolves it by chemical processes.
Welwitschia mirabilis: It has a thick stem and only two leaves. These leaves grow continuously to a length of 2 to 4m, get split and eventually looks like a heap of frayed ribbons. They have a long life span, ranging from 500 to 2000 years, and are therefore considered as living fossils. They are found in Namib Desert in Namibia and Angola.
Doll’s Eyes: Also known as White Baneberry, this plant is native to eastern North America. It gets its name because of its peculiar white fruit which looks like doll’s eyes. They are highly poisonous to humans but harmless to birds.