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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Around the World 5 Odd Plants

Armillaria ostoyae.

This fungus is very interesting in that it may be the largest living organism on the planet. The underground fungus may be up to 7200 years old. They can cover up to 3.5 miles across and over that is like 1600 football fields. Little clusters like the one in the picture pop up above ground a bit of here and there.

This plant is known by many different titles including Dragon Lily, Voodoo Lily, Snake Lily, Black Dragon, and Stink Lily The plant is native to Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Turkey, and Italy. The plant grows like a weed

The name of this plant is Hydnora Africana and looks as if it can be terrifying. This plant can be found in Africa. It is a parasite plant that looks like a cantaloupe with teeth with tentacles which are actually leaves.

This plant known as the castor oil plant is also thee most poisonous plant in the world. Just a couple of beans can kill an adult if eaten. (true fact) Castor oil comes from the seeds of this plant. Ricin is the poison inside the seeds

This odd looking plant is known as the Amorphophallus titanum. Named after the Greek "amorphos" which means "enormous" "misshapen" and "phallus" which means..... well you will have to look that one up. The Greeks must of loved their plants. This plant is the largest flower in the world. They grow in clusters and can reach 10 feet tall. Often found in Sumatra they are sort of pretty but rather large as well.

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