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The 8 rarest and strangest exotic plants in the world

The 8 rarest and strangest exotic plants in the world

The 8 rarest and strangest exotic plants in the world

The vast natural world contains many plants with different shapes, sizes and colors and strange characteristics. But no one can explain the uniqueness that certain plants offer. The most prominent of them include quite unique features that are worth getting acquainted with.

Nature has given us rather strange plants. They are known to range from incredibly beautiful to frightening and daunting. However, it is their peculiarity that has made these plants part of the most exotic flora on earth. These are the most exotic plants in the world that humans have ever encountered.

1. Great Rafflesia (Rafflesia Arnoldii)

Known as the largest flower in the world, this plant is one of the rarest in the world. Rafflesia Arnoldii, also called the "corpse plant" and large orplasia. This title is given to this plant because of its bad smell similar to perishable meat. Unlike other flowers, this plant does not have a pleasant smell and you can find this flower in the dense rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, Malaysia and Bengkulu.

By LukeTriton – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

2. Nepenthes Tenax

One of the strangest-looking plants is Nepenthes Tenax , considered one of the rarest plants in the world. With quite a few similarities with the urn plant, this plant grows up to a height of 100 cm with a jar-shaped flower at the top, 15 cm high. It is an extremely rare Australian lowland plant native to northern Queensland. This plant is now one of the most endangered species in the world.

Thomas Gronemeyer, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


3. Amorphophallus Titanum (Titan Arum)

This strange-looking plant is only found in the botanical garden of the area known as Rose Hills of Huntington. This mood plant blooms only occasionally and looks like a flower with a red exit with an inner beige thread. It is one of the rarest and most beautiful plants in the world.

Régine Fabri / Wikimedia Commons

4. Rothschild's Slipper Orchids (Paphiopedilum rothschildianum)

One of the most expensive flowers in the world. Something you have to wait 15 long years to reach the required stage (flowering). This flower costs about $5,000 per bloom and is by far the rarest you will find on the planet. This rare orchid is endangered and is found in the high mountains of Borneo. So far, no history has been found about who discovered this plant. This strict orchid grows only at certain heights.

Régine Fabri / Wikimedia Commons

5. Dragon Blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari)

The dragon's blood tree resembles the shape of a mushroom when viewed from below. It is so rare that if you want to see it you will have to go to Yemen, rent a boat and visit Socotra Island. The sap of the tree is blood-red in color and from around the world, the tree can only be found on one island off the coast of Yemen.

Boris Khvostichenko(User:Boriskhv), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

6. Encephalartos Woodii

One of the rarest plants in the world is Encephalartos woodii, which is now preserved and confined to a single botanical garden, where it was transported from Zululand. This plant is found in South Africa and is considered extinct in the wild, with all specimens being clones of the same species. The Cycad strain consisted of both male and female plants, but not a sample of female plants was found long ago. That is why there is no breeding and only the male plant is now preserved.

Encephalartos woodii
Encephalartos woodii

7. Grinning Monkey Orchids

If you look carefully, this orchid is very similar to the face of a smiling monkey. Monkey orchids bloom all year round when conditions are right.

8. Strangler Fig – A "suffocating" plant

There are a limited number of plants that can actually bind other plants. This is a special type of plant that connects with other plants to grow and develop.


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