Top Ten Weirdest Looking Plants

If you decide to travel around the world, you will run into some pretty interesting plants. We have put together a list some of the ones we think are the craziest looking.

Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

Sarracenia purpurea
Where it’s from: Across Canada (except Nunavut and Yukon), Alaska, and the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions of the United States.

Foliage facts: The purple pitcher plant is one of 18 species of carnivorous plants in Canada. This plant lures its prey with sweet-smelling nectar and deep purple veins. Once an insect falls into the slippery pitcher, it is almost impossible to get out! The insect drowns in the rainwater that collects at the bottom and the plant then digests their prey with the help of special enzymes.


Dragon’s Blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari)

Socotra Dragon Tree, Dracaena cinnabari, dragon's blood tree

Dragon’s Blood Tree Photo Credit: Boris Khvostichenko

Where it’s from: The Island of Socotra, off the coast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean.

Foliage facts: The dragon’s blood tree is a relative of the palm tree and has leaves that can grow 60 centimetres long and 3 centimetres wide. It gets its name from the dark resin (or sap) that it makes when cut. This resin, or ‘dragon’s blood’, has been used for medicine and dyes since ancient times.


Grandidier’s Baobab (Adansonia grandidieri)

Grandidier’s Baobab. Adansonia grandidieri

Where it’s from: The Island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa.

Foliage facts: Named after 19th century French naturalist and explorer, Alfred Grandidier, this tree stands an impressive 25 metres (about 82 feet) tall, with a trunk that measures 3 metres (about 10 feet) wide. It’s one of eight species of Baobab, and definitely the weirdest.


Talipot Palm (Corypha umbraculifera)

tailpot palm,

Where it’s from: Originally from India but it has been introduced to Sri Lanka.

Foliage facts: For the first 30-80 years of a Talipot palm’s life, it seems like a pretty unremarkable plant. However, while we’re living our lives and growing older, this plant is building up enough energy to bloom and when it does bloom, it’s quiet the sight. The palm will grow a flowering stalk with a dull green fruit and over 20 million flowers that take about a year to mature then the plant will die.


Jackal Food (Hydnora Africana)

hydnora afticana, Jackal Food

Where it’s from: Southern Africa

Foliage facts: This plant makes a bright orange or red flower that looks very interesting, but don’t get too close. It gives off a gross odor that it uses to attract insects, which help with pollination. Everything but the flower of this plant grows underground where it connects to other plants and feeds off them.


Welwitschia (Welwitschia mirabilis)

welwitschia mirabilis

Where it’s from: Native to Namibia and Southern Angola (Africa)

Foliage facts: This might just look like a pile of leaves to you, but trust us, it’s a real plant! Instead of having a “pile of leaves” is actually just two leaves that get torn and tattered over time. This plant is well adapted to the deserts where it grows and it lives for a really long time, with some plants living to be 1,500 years old!

Black Bat Flower or Devil Flower (Tacca Chantrieri)

tacca chantrieri, Black Bat Flower

Where it’s from: South East Asia

Foliage facts: This plant produces around 25 flowers that are said to look like spooky bat wings. They also have heavy berries and long (25 centimetres) “whiskers” attached to the flowers that look like a forked tail.


Sea Urchin or Baseball plant (Euphorbia obesa)

Baseball plant, sea urchin, Euphorbia obesa

Where it’s from: Southern Africa, especially South Africa

Foliage facts: The sea urchin is very rare in its natural setting but every year thousands are grown to sell. Make sure you are careful if you ever run into one because they make a milky subsistence that is poisonous!


Indian Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

nelumbo nucifera peripitus.

Where it’s from: Warm-temperate to tropical regions of Asia and northeast Australia

Foliage facts: This lotus is a lot like a water lily; they both grow their roots in muddy shallow water and their leaves and flower float on the surface. What makes the Indian lotus special is the thing in the centre that looks kind of like an ice-cream cone.


Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens)

Velvet Bean, Mucuna pruriens

Where it’s from: Originally from Southern Asia and Malaysia but it can now be found throughout the tropics

Foliage facts: This vine is a hearty grower that can reach a height of over 10 metres when it has things to climb. The Velvet bean also grows funky looking pods that are 10 to 12.5 centimetres in length, curved and covered with grey-white silky hair.



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