These plants are so bizarre they will give you nightmares!
One would think that plant life on earth is mostly a beautiful thing, but below these plants are not just scary they are alien like. Yes they look like they are straight out of a Ripley’s Scott movie (Alien).
Doll’s eyes are a unique plant native to the eastern parts of North America. Naturally, the most shocking part is the white berries it produces. Eating these berries can be fatal to humans, which is what you get for trying to eat a bunch of eyeballs.
Oddly enough, birds can eat the berries just fine. It is birds that provide the pollination the flower needs to continue on. Which just proves that Hitchcock was right: Birds have a natural inclination to eat eyeballs.
If aliens tried to invade Earth by disguising themselves as trees, then sucking other trees’ nutrients, they would already have a competitor in the strangler fig. No doubt all of the normal trees think this plant is a total jerk. Often it will kill the tree to which it is attached. That’s a slow and agonizing death for a tree: watching a predator slowly grow on you for dozens of years.
Silver torch is an interesting name for this species. We probably would’ve gone with “alien worms cactus,” which is admittedly not as catchy.In fact, those weird parasitic-looking red things are unopened flowers. This South America plant’s flowers hardly ever open in nature. Which is weird, because we suspect that no right-thinking predator would ever come near that prickly, scary plant.
Apparently, growing spikes all over its body wasn’t enough to stop predators, as humans like to eat it all over the world. Even though it looks like an alien mouth.Seriously, many people look at this thing and say, “Mmmm, I’d like to eat that.” It’s grown in California, Africa, South America, New Zealand and Asia. So we suppose we’re the freaks for not wanting to try new things, if those new things look like they want to mate with our face.
What looks like a smiling red trash can is really an elaborate trap to catch large food. This pitcher plant has a pool of liquid in the top. When insects try to get a drink, the lid closes and the liquid is revealed to be digestive fluid.It’s kind of a silly strategy: Paint your stomach bright colors, then sit there and hope food crawls into it. But it’s made the pitcher plant one of the more diverse carnivorous plants. As long as insects stay pretty stupid, the pitcher plant will always have a steady supply of food.
What looks like the hatching of Cthulhu is actually an Australian fungus. It hatches from an egglike substance and pollinates through flies. It is because of this that scientists think it has evolved to resemble decaying flesh, because that attracts flies.Also, it apparently completes the disguise by smelling of rotting meat. Did we mention it reproduces by making something that looks like eggs? If the world of fungus were a cartoon, this creature would have its own evil castle.
This plant’s main defense seems to be striking cold-blooded fear into the heart of any predator that comes near. Whether it is bursting from the sand, as in the above pic …
… or bursting through some poor space soldier’s chest, this plant lives to scare. First of all, it reeks of dung, as one of its favorite friends is the dung beetle. Eventually a dung beetle will crawl into its jawlike leaves (proving that eating dung gives a creature enormous courage). At that point, rather than eat the beetle like the merciful Venus flytrap, the Hydnora Africana will trap the dung beetle alive for a short period of time.
The goal is for the beetle to lose bodily fluids (perhaps from being so scared), thus pollinating the flower. Having had a good time, the flower opens, allowing the no-doubt-traumatized beetle to escape to a relaxing pile of dung.
This gross fungus attacks the hanging apple, turning it into something that looks like an alien parasite. We wonder what being a cedar apple with rust fungus feels like. We imagine it’s like being disemboweled by one of those traps from Saw, except in super-slow motion.
Well I’m sure i can speak for a lot of people when i say these plants give me the creeps wherever they grow i will definitely stay away from. Ewww