The World’s Strangest Plants: Rafflesia Arnoldii
The largest flower in the world, this parasitic plant can bloom over three feet tall. Despite its alluring appearance, the plant exudes a pungent smell and has no leaves, stems or roots. The large center can hold six to seven quarts of water.
Also known as Rose of Jericho, this impressive plant is native to the Chihuahuan Desert and has an amazing survival mechanism. The desert plant can survive almost complete desiccation by curling into a tight ball during dry weather and unfurling when exposed to moisture.
The World’s Strangest Plants: Mimosa Pudica
The Mimosa Pudica is an extremely sensitive plant that reacts to the slightest stimulus including touch, warmth, wind or even a shake. The herb responds by collapsing into itself and then reopening a few minutes later. This sensitivity is a result of seismonastic movements, which are the result of water movement in and out of the cell.