Special Report

35 of the Weirdest Plants on Earth

To identify the weirdest plants of all time, 24/7 Tempo consulted a variety of sources such as earthrangers.com, oldest.com, and sciencedaily.com to compile the list of what are considered to be the strangest, most unusual members of the plant kingdom. Though many plants are found in Asia and Africa, odd plants can be found all over the world, and 24/7 Tempo’s list includes plants on every continent.

Plants that we consider “weird” possess characteristics that challenge common perceptions about plants. These distinguishing characteristics include plants with carnivorous diets; unconventional means of pollinating; quirky defense mechanisms; plants with pungent aromas; and plants that simply appear odd. There are also plants with curious defense properties and those that appear to be responding to music.

Other plants are downright dangerous. The death apple tree, found in the Caribbean, has been called the most dangerous tree in the world. The tree oozes a burning sap that can cause serious injury. Eating its fruit can bring death. Christopher Columbus called its fruit “manzanilla de la muert”’ or the little apple of death.

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