Exotic and Out of this World!

The life of plants abounds; whether it be magical, dangerous, sweet, prickly or even spicy. Plants can captivate, leaveing you speechless or dreaming of a world beyond. In our world there are 200,000 identified (named) plant species and 400,000 known (unnamed) plant species.

What’s the craziest plant you’ve seen?? Here are a few we thought to be interesting.

                

Lets start with ‘Hooker Lips’ or Psychotria Elata! This plant is a tropical tree found in the rain forests of Central and South American countries. The plant has apparently evolved into its current shape to attract pollinators, including hummingbirds and butterflies. The ‘lips’ are only kissable for a short while before they spread open to reveal the plant’s flowers.

The wonderful coloured leaves of Calathea Warscewiczii are completed by a velvet-fuzzy texture; an attribute of this particular species.  The leaves have a contrasting maroon-purple colour on the reverse of each leaf. The petals that cover the cone are creamy white in colour when they first emerge and they gradually turn to yellow and take on a pinkish hue with time.

Neotinea Ustulata or Burnt-tip Orchid is a European terrestrial orchid native to mountains in central and southern Europe, growing up at 7,900 ft  in elevation. It is believed that the plant can grow underground for 10-15 years before the first stem appears

                  

Albuca Spiralis is a winter growing plant and produces wiry leaves that curl themselves into the shape of a corkscrew. Flowers of Albuca Spiralis are rather inconspicuous. The bell-shaped greenish-yellow flowers appear in late winter and continue to bloom till spring. As the summer sets in the plant goes dormant. The spiral leaves disappear at this stage and the bulb shows no sign of life

Euphorbia Obesa, also known as ‘Baseball Plant’, usually grow in the Great Karoo, South Africa. These plants are an endangered species as collectors take them without re-planting. Although the natural habitat of Euphorbia Obesa is still threatened, the plant is now widely cultivated.

Mimosa Pudica also called ‘Sensitive Plant’ is a creeping annual or perennial herb depending on the climate. These are often grown for its curiosity value: the compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, re-opening minutes later. The species is native to South America and Central America, but is now a pan tropical weed.