Although they aren’t very mobile or noisy, plants have an incredible universe that usually unfolds under active observation.
1. Parachute Flower (Ceropegia woodii)
With its amazing strange look it is no wonder that this plant – native to Africa, southern Asia, and Australia – have extremely many names: lantern flower, parasol flower, parachute flower, bushman’s pipe, string of hearts, snake creeper, wine-glass vine, rosary vine, necklace vine etc.
Even more amazing is the fact that Ceropegia woodii catches insects with the help of its tube lined with small hairs, but not for eating them, just to cover them with its pollen.
2. Ghost orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii)
This rare plant consists only of a network of thin roots wrapped around a host tree- that’s why it is called epiphyte because it grows when attached to another plant. Ghost orchid blossoms between June and August and its white flower resembles a white frog flying in air and sometimes it looks like ghost floating in air. Ghost orchids like marsh environments to grow where there are always humid and damp conditions. It is native to Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas.
3. Mimosa púdica
Also called the sensitive, sleepy or shy plant, Mimosa pudica is enjoyed by many as a curiosity due to its highly touch-sensitive leaves. When touched, shaken, or subjected to chemical and electrical stimuli, the leaflets would fold together and the whole leaf droop downwards temporarily. This rapid plant movement is thought to act as a defence against herbivores.Mimosa pudica is native to South America and Central America, but is now a pantropical weed.
4. Dancing Plant (Desmodium Gyrans)
Also known as the telegraph plant or semaphore plant, this peculiar shrub, native to Asia, is famous for its capacity of rapid movement when stimulated by sound.The leaflets, each of which is equipped with a hinge at the base, move in set elliptical patterns to help deduce the position of the sun. The dancing plant is also famous for being a favorite of Charles Darwin.
5. Welwitschia mirabilis
With a lifespan between 500 to 1500 years and a capacity to grow continuously over time, Welwitschia Mirabilis may be considered a living fossil. The plant consists of two leaves that can reach twelve feet in length, a stem base and roots. It can be only found in the desert of Namibia which is one of the world’s oldest deserts with extreme arid conditions. Besides it incredible lifespan, the plant is also interesting through the fact that it have separate male and female plants. Moreover, the plant is comestible- the core, especially of the female plant, was used as food for people in earlier times.
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