Weird Plants List With Pictures And Facts: Discover Some Amazing Plant Species!

A list of strange flora, with pictures and information. Prepare to think again if you thought plants were boring!

List Of Weird Plants From Around The World

In Active Wild, we’ve gone over the plant kingdom extensively. A comprehensive guide to botany and the plant kingdom; different types of flowers; components of a flower; and other information may be found on other pages.

But we have some bad news for you if you were hoping to see it all that the plant kingdom has to offer.

Some odd species, far removed from your typical daisy or geranium, may be found in the dark depths of tropical rainforests, in harsh deserts, or even hiding in plain sight near to home.

We look at a few of these unusual plants on this page. Plants that look like insects, plants that eat insects, plants with flowers higher than a human, and plants that shift are just a few of the creatures featured in this collection.

Read on to learn about a variety of strange plants that will shift your perspective on the plant kingdom…

Page Index

  • Black Bat Flower
  • Bucket Orchid
  • Corpse Lily
  • Doll’s Eyes Plant / White Baneberry
  • Dragon’s Blood Tree
  • Ghost Orchid
  • Ghost Plant / Indian Pipe / Corpse Plant
  • Hot Lips
  • King-In-His-Carriage
  • Living Stone Plants / Pebble Plants
  • Sandbox Tree
  • Sensitive Plant
  • Titan Arum / Corpse Flower
  • Venus Flytrap
  • Welwitschia Mirabilis
  • Further Reading

Black Bat Flower

The plant kingdom, particularly the black bat flower, is lacking in black flowers. The unusual black/dark purple inflorescence of this alien-looking plant, as well as the bat-like shape of its bracts, have earned it the name.

In Southeast Asia’s tropical forests, this strange plant may be found.

Bucket Orchids

Genus Coryanthes

Buckets orchids are shaped that way for a reason, not just for show. The cooperation of orchid bees with the complex structure of plants in the genus Coryanthes is responsible. Thousands of years of partnership between plants and insects have resulted in the development of both.

Male bees use a fragrant substance made by the bucket orchid to attract female bees. The male bee frequently falls into the flower’s bucket and must go through an obstacle course inside the body of the flower in order to escape, so the bloom doesn’t give this gift away for free.

Pollen is adherent to the bee’s body while it attempts to break free. The love-struck bug will visit other plants (and, hopefully, attract a female bee with its attractive fragrance) once it manages to escape.

South America, Central America, and Mexico are all home to bucket orchids.

Corpse Lily

Rafflesia Arnoldii

The world’s largest single bloom, a stunning crimson bloom with a diameter of more than 3.3ft (1m), is created by the corpse lily Rafflesia Arnoldii.

Despite its beauty, this natural event may not be one you want to attend; the flower emits a powerful and extremely unpleasant odor. The smell, which is reminiscent of putrid meat, explains the Southeast Asian species’ moniker.

In the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo, the corpse lily may be found.

Doll’s Eyes Plant / White Baneberry

Actaea pachypoda

Its alternative name, ‘doll’s eyes plant,’ comes from the fruit of the white baneberry, which is why it is called that. The plant’s white berries, which are supported by red stalks, look like little eyeballs.

In the United States and Canada, this strange plant may be found in woodlands. Late in the summer through the fall, its macabre-looking berries appear. Don’t pick them because all parts of the plant are poisonous.

Dragon’s Blood Tree

Dracaena cinnabari

Only the Socotra archipelago, which is part of Yemen and lies in the Arabian Sea off the Horn of Africa, contains the dragon’s blood tree.

The mushroom-shaped trees are well-known. A dense network of branches supports an outer layer of tough leaves in its hemispherical canopy, which is supported by a sturdy framework.

At the foot of the tree, water runs off the waxy leaves and collects in a puddle. The precious liquid is unable to evaporate due to the canopy’s heavy shadow.

The sap secreted by the dragon’s blood tree is bright red in color and is known as “dragon’s blood,” which is one of the reasons it has been included on this list of weird plants. The resin has been highly valued since antiquity, and it is utilized both medicinally and as a color.

Ghost Orchid

Dendrophylax lindenii

The spookily-named ghost orchid grows deep in the muck and mire of Florida and Cuba. The white blossom resembles that it is floating in mid-air because it lacks leaves and has a slender stalk.

In the wild, the ghost orchid is rare and difficult to maintain. The species is on the verge of extinction.

Ghost Plant / Indian Pipe / Corpse Plant

Monotropa uniflora

The ghost plant, sometimes known as the Indian pipe, is a plant species that has a fungus-like appearance. The Ericaceae family, which includes heathers, belongs to this species.

The ghost plant, unlike most plants, does not contain chlorophyll, which gives plants their green color. As a result, it is unable to photosynthesize its own food. The species, on the other hand, is parasitic and relies on fungus for sustenance.

The ghost plant can thrive in the densest, darkest woods because it does not need sunlight. In Asia, North America, and the northern parts of South America, this unusual plant may be found in temperate woods.

Hot Lips

Palicourea elata / Psychotria Elata

In Central and South America’s rainforests, the hot lips shrub may be found. The bracts of this plant, which resemble a pair of bright red lips, are what give it its name. Eventually, between the ‘lips,’ the plant’s blooms emerge.

In Central America, hot lips plants are popular as Valentine’s Day presents. Medicinal properties are also thought to be present in the plant.


Drakaea glyptodon

A species of hammer orchid, the king-in-his-carriage is only found in Western Australia and is a restricted species. The king-in-his-carriage, like all hammer orchids, employs deception to persuade wasps to pollinate its blooms.

Thynnid wasps are the unassuming victims. The flyingless female is carried into the air by the winged male, who is itself unusual, before mating.

The blossom of the king-in-his-carriage looks like a female wasp, and both in appearance and fragrance, it resembles a female wasp. Pollen is placed on the wasp’s body as it attempts to flee with the bloom.

The deceitful flower may then receive free pollination from the unlucky wasp’s attempts to seduce numerous ‘fake females. The wasp gets nothing in return for his efforts, so this is not a mutually beneficial relationship.

Living Stone Plants / Pebble Plants

Genus Lithops

In the deserts of southern Africa, living stone plants (also known as pebble plants) may be found. They have two fat, juicy leaves that are a precious resource in this hostile desert environment.

Despite the fact that these peculiar plants grow on the ground within reach of thirsty creatures, their leaves, which appear to be rocks, evade being consumed.

Sandbox Tree

Hura Crepitans

Plants have developed a slew of strategies to disseminate their seeds. Several plants rely on animals to transport their seeds, while others rely on the wind.

The sandbox tree, on the other hand, is more self-sufficient. Its seed disperse more than 330ft (100m) from the parent tree when its pumpkin-shaped fruit explodes with a tremendous bang.

Due to the sharp thorns on its trunk, this strange plant is also known as the “monkey no-climb.”

Tropical areas of North and South America are home to the sandbox tree.

Sensitive Plant

Mimosa pudica

Plants may travel, but it usually takes hours or even days for them to do so. The sensitive plant Mimosa pudica, on the other hand, reacts differently. It’s one of a few plants capable of moving quickly enough for the human eye to perceive its actions.

The sensitive plant’s leaves fold inward when they are touched, protecting themselves from danger. Within three seconds, the whole leaf can vanish, leaving a prickly, unappealing stem behind. Once the danger has passed, it takes around 20 minutes for the leaf to unfold itself.

In order to discourage grazing animals or retain moisture by protecting the surface of leaves from the wind, the plant’s mobility may have developed.

Central and South America are home to the sensitive plant, which may now be found in the United States, Asia, and Africa.

Titan Arum / Corpse Flower

Amorphophallus titanium

The Titan arum, or corpse flower, has the record for the world’s largest unbranched inflorescence while the corpse lily may create the world’s biggest single bloom.

The spadix (the spike to which the individual flowers are attached) is up to 9ft (2.7m) tall, while the spathe (the leaves that surround the inflorescence) has a circumference of more than 10ft (3m).

Only in western Sumatra’s rainforests can you find this incredible plant. It heats up and emits a odor that is similar to rotting flesh when in bloom, which attracts pollinating insects to its blooms.

Venus Flytrap

Dionaea muscipula

The Venus flytrap, a kind that can be found exclusively in a tiny area on the East Coast of North and South Carolina, is one of the most well-known weird flora.

These plants’ unique hinged ‘jaws’ are really modified leaves. Trigger hairs on the inside surface of the leaves sense when a little insect or arachnid has entered the trap, and they trigger a response.

The plant waits until the insect brushes against the trigger hairs one more time before closing its jaws, thus the trap isn’t sprung immediately.

The Venus flytrap does not waste energy closing its jaws around inanimate objects such as leaves because of its ability to ‘count. The Venus flytrap is a truly remarkable plant because of its capacity to count as well as its lightning-fast reflexes.

Welwitschia Mirabilis

Welwitschia mirabilis

The dry, difficult deserts of southern Africa are home to Welwitschia. It is little more than a short stem with two long leaves that continue to grow continuously and may reach a combined width of over 26 feet (8 meters).

Dew collected by the plant’s lengthy leaves is channeled into trenches and above the plant’s roots via grooves. Flies and other insects pollinate the plant, which produces cones.

The age of individual Welwitschia plants is over 2,000 years.

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