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Weird Flowers

A Weird flower, known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flower.
11. Amorphophallus titanum
popularly known as the corpse flower, is the worlds biggest and worst smelling flower. Native to the Borneo rain forest, the plant blooms only a few times in its 40 year life span. During the first eight hours, the bloom emits a scent similar to rotting eggs or a dead animal.
12. Aciphylla horrida
An unidentified variety of aciphylla plant, related to Aciphylla horrida, bristles with spiked bracts, a type of modified leaf.
13. Alcea rosea
A black hollyhock (Alcea rosea) sports double blooms of deep maroon black on tall stems. [Black flowers] seem to rebel against nature and draw us to their nonconformity, says Scottish gardener and exotic plant seller Diane Halligan. In this respect they are perhaps the rock stars of the plant world.
14. Dracunculus vulgaris
Plants that smell like rotting flesh to attract pollinators include the dragon arum (Dracunculus vulgaris), which has a burgundy leaf like flower out of which flows a slender, black appendage. The plant is native to the Mediterranean, but this one showed up one day in the Bronx, New York, garden of Rosemarie Dieda. The plant was identified by Debbie Gartzke of Weird Dudes Plant Zoo. The plant will seed around, so apparently someone else in the neighborhood has one, said Gartzke.
15. Rhododendron wasonii
Plants like Rhododendron wasonii with its sweet smelling leaf undersides can also startle the senses with its pleasant aroma.
16. Eastern Skunk Cabbage
With a name like Eastern Skunk Cabbage, you dont need to take a whiff of this flower to know that it smells like. The plant, which grows in the moist wetland soils of eastern North America, emits a skunk like stench that flies and stoneflies find irresistible. The skunk cabbage consists of a mottled maroon modified leaf resembling a hood, called a spathe, as well as a yellow, cylindrical spadix, which bears several tiny flowers. The Eastern Skunk Cabbage can actually generate its own heat, raising its temperature above that of the surrounding air an ability found mostly in warm blooded animals. The plant produces heat as a secondary process of the set of reactions and pathways used to convert sugars produced during photosynthesis into energy. Heat is generated in parts of the plants cells called the mitochondria.
17. Hydnora Africana
Hidden in the desert region of Southern Africa, you may mistake this flower for the head of a large snake peeking up from the ground. The Hydnora africana is a parasitic plant that exists almost entirely underground as a large web of roots connected to its host plant, Euphorbia. Said to be as hard as wood, it can take this plant up to a year to flower. Like lice or fleas, the Hydnora africana, spends the majority of its existence leaching off the Euphorbia plant. And after long periods of slow growth underground, this darling plant showcases the fruits of its labor with a fleshy salmon colored flower that surfaces from the ground. Emitting a striking aroma of feces, the flower is not so appealing to humans (for now at least), but is extremely alluring to dung and carrion beetles. And beyond pollinating it, these little critters actually play a crucial role in the blooming of the plant. When the flower emerges from the ground, those fleshy salmon petals attached at the top and the sides are connected by stingy fibers. Unable to resist the stench of the flower, the beetles push through the fibers, but then find themselves in a sticky situation. Inside of the Hydnora africana are small downward facing hairs that help trap the beetles inside of the flower. During their stay, the beetles feed and distribute pollen throughout the plant. And when the large bud fully opens the beetles are free to roam the earth once again, at least until they are lured in by another one of these desert flowers.
18. The Black Bat Flower
With black whiskers reaching up to 28 inches long, protruding from a delicate, maroon black blossom, this rare flora is sure to catch your eye. Its flower can reach up to 1 foot in diameter, while standing 36 inches tall. With whiskers that nearly brush the ground, the unique plant, formally known as Tacca chantrieri, is said to resemble a black bat, hence its nickname The Black Bat Flower. Native to Southeast Asia, the flower grows from a large beautiful green foliage and favors shady, moist environments. And like many beautiful things, it requires quite a bit of maintenance. The Black Bat Flower can be quiet the diva regarding its environmental conditions. If it does not receive proper shading and good air circulation, the flower is likely to slowly wither. The plant also does not like being root bound, and it is kept in a container, must be re potted it every spring. Thinking about adding this high maintenance beauty to your garden? Well we havent even gotten to its soil requirements yet. As a picky plant, the soil mixture is the most important detail for the successful blooming of the flower. The soil should be light and porous, allowing it to drain easily. Additionally, gardeners must be careful to not let the plant get too wet, while also ensuring it does not dry out.
19. Welwitschia mirabilis
Its not pretty to look at, but Namibias plant Welwitschia Mirabilis can truly claim to be one of a kind. There really is nothing like it. Welwitschia plant consists of only two leaves and a sturdy stem with roots. Thats all! Two leaves continue to grow until they resemble the shaggy mane of some sci fi alien. The stem thickens, rather than gains in height, and can grow to be almost 2 meters high and 8 meters wide. Their estimated lifespan is 400 to 1500 years. It can survive up to five years with no rain. The plant is said to be very tasty either raw or baked in hot ashes, and this is how it got its other name, Onyanga, which means onion of the desert.
20. Dionaea muscipula
The Venus Fly Trap is the most famous of all carnivorous plants due to the active and efficient nature of its unique traps. It may be famous, but its also threatened. The plants two hinged leaves are covered in ultra sensitive fine hairs that detect the presence of everything from ants to arachnids. Trigger the hairs and snap! The trap will shut in less than a second.

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