Nature never ceases to amaze us and just when we think we’ve seen it all, something comes along to prove us wrong. There are over a million and a half known plant species in the world; but experts believe that there are still many to discover.
Among flowers, trees, shrubs, grasses, and algae, there is a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Human beings are used to the types of plants found in the cities where we live; but if we enter a jungle that is not made of concrete, we will get several surprises.
It turns out that there are plants that look like anything but a plant. Or that they have extravagant shapes and magnificent colors. In short, they are strange, unreal plants that seem to come from another world. The kind you’d see in a sci-fi movie; but we assure you that they are not fake and that the only place you will find them is on Earth. Below you can see some of these unusual, almost alien-looking plants.
1.Stapelia hirsuta, also called starflower
2.This is the flower of a plant known as stink cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
It is not harmful and in fact, its bad smell attracts pollinating animals.
3.Zingiber spectabile or beehive ginger is a royal species of ginger from Southeast Asia, where it has medicinal use
But in the West it is purely ornamental due to its peculiar shape and color.
4.This is an apple of Sodom (Calotropis procera) and the juice it releases is quite toxic.
5.This rainbow-colored succulent is a Cotyledon orbiculata, also known as pig’s ear
6.The ball palm (Zamia furfuracea) bears these shiny fruits
On the left are the branches about to bloom and on the right is the already ripe fruit.
7.This is a sprout of Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)
This plant grows on the trunk of a tree that serves as its host.
8.This rare purple cauliflower gets its color from an antioxidant called anthocyanin.
It is the same that gives its peculiar tone to purple cabbage and red wine.
9.These flowers have an interesting checkerboard pattern, they are known as checkered lily (Fritillaria meleagris).
10.Sprouts of the horsetail bush, its scientific name is Equisetum arvense
11.These are the fruits of a sycamore, a tree of the fig genus
12.This is what a wax flower (Hoya carnosa) cluster looks like before it blooms
13.Passionflower is famous for the peculiar shape of its flowers
14.The blue agave can measure up to two meters high.
And its leaves reach 10 centimeters wide
15.This is a melanobullata begonia and its leaves resemble the skin of some reptile
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