18 Weird and Amazing Plant Facts Around The World

A specimen of Australian swamp gum tree (Eucalyptus regnans) known as “Centurion” stands 101m (331.36ft) tall and has a diameter of 4m (13.12ft). It is located just 80 km (49miles) from Tasmania’s capital, Hobart.

18 Weird and Amazing Plant Facts Around The World

By Mr Ghaz, February 12, 2011

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18 Weird and Amazing Plant Facts Around The World

Smelliest Plant

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Native to the Sumatran rainforests, the “corpse flower”, or titan arum, Amorphophallus titanium, is believed to be the smelliest plant on Earth. When it blooms, it releases a foul odour similar to that of rotting flesh to attract flies to aid in its pollination. The stench can be smelled up to half a mile (0.8km) away.

Fastest Entrapment by a Plant

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Carnivorous plants trap their prey in movements considered to be among the fastest in the entire plant kingdom. On land, the clamshell-like leaves of the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) shut in one-tenth of a second (100 milliseconds) from the moment they are stimulated. Underwater, the hinged trapdoor of the bladderwort (Ultricularia vulgaris) captures its victim in 1/15,000th of a second.

Most Selective Carnivorous Plant

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Nepenthes albomarginata is a carnivorous plant that grows in Malaysia and Indonesia and feeds only on Hospitalitermes bicolor termites. The termites are attracted to edible hairs, called trichomes, on the plant, but sometimes slip down the plant’s “throat” and are digested by liquids at the bottom of the flower.

Highest Concentration of Heathers

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The fynbos (Afrikaans for “fine bush”) plant ecosystem, exclusive to South Africa’s Cape floristic region, contains more than 600 species of heather (genus Erica). Only 26 species of heather occur in the rest of the world.

Smallest Orchid

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7 Responses to “18 Weird and Amazing Plant Facts Around The World”
  1. lowellhenderson Says...

    On February 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

    This is some pretty cool stuff.

  2. Raj the Tora Says...

    On February 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Amazing information intertwined with cool pictures. Keep it coming Mr. Ghaz

  3. gaby7 Says...

    On February 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I had never set eyes on any of these plants before! Nice share!

  4. albert1jemi Says...

    On February 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    thanks for the share.

  5. papaleng Says...

    On February 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I really LIKE this one, friend.

  6. Neilvert Noval Says...

    On February 13, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I like those facts.

  7. J M Lennox Says...

    On February 24, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Stunning photography and amazing info, although I knew about the Tasmanian gum because I live in Australia – the only one though so your article was very informative for me. Thanks.

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