10 of the most amazing plants Earth

1. Welwitschia amazing (Welwitschia mirabilis). The age of this desert-dwarf tree can reach 2000 years.
From a short trunk penkoobraznogo plants in both directions depart two huge sheet,
which grows longitudinally torn to ribbons, and the tips wither.
The age of these giant leaf is the age of the tree. The leaves are growing from the base, and the tips die.
In some cases the length of the leaves can be up to 8 meters and a length of 1, 8 meters.

2. Rafflesia (Rafflesia)
Rafflesia - kind of amazing plants, parasites mainly on the vines. Members of the genus Rafflesia do not form leaves, stems and roots, spending most of their life cycle in the tissues of the host plant. Plants emit huge size of flowers, the dimensions of which may exceed 1 meter in diameter, and weighs more than 10 pounds. Accumulations of these colors remind some alien education. Just enjoy the scent of these flowers will not succeed. "Aroma" these flowers similar to the smell of rotten meat. This smells like a magnet attracts major pollinators of plants - flies. The color scheme of the flower, too, "painfully" looks like a huge piece of meat with cartilage and veins.

3. konjac (Amorphophallus)
The genus Amorphophallus, as well as the genus Rafflesia is famous for its "delicate flavor" of decaying flesh. Smell coming from the flower terrible. Without the mask can admire the Amorphophallus few. Flower majority of members of this genus is enormous in size (especially in the form shown in the photo Amorphophallus titanum) and can reach a height of 2, 5 meters with a diameter of 1, 5 meters. In many eastern countries the tubers of this plant are used in the preparation of various culinary dishes and medicines.

4. Opuntia Bigelow (Opuntia bigelovii)
Opuntia Bigelow is probably one of the most amazing species of the genus Opuntia family Cactaceae. Picture presented above is made in California national park Joshua-Tree. In the photograph the entire desert landscape to the horizon covered with fluffy amazing cactus, up to two meters. At sunset landscape looks fantastic. In person in here it seems that he is a part of a space mission to land on another planet, covered with unknown life forms.

5. Carnegie giant (Carnegiea gigantea)
Carnegie giant (Saguaro) is another amazing plant family Cactaceae. The most striking feature of this cactus is its gigantic size. The height of individual plants is about 14 meters and a diameter of 3 meters! In this age of some cactus reaches 150 years.

6. Nepenthes (Nepenthes)
Most plants of this kind can without exaggeration be called "predators" who get the necessary nutrients are missing, "digesting" captured insects. The plant has a modified leaves that resemble jugs. The inner surface is lined with a pitcher cells vydyalyayuschimi nectar, which serves to attract insects, as well as "hair cells" that make the release came "in the network" insect impossible. The surface of the "neck" jug is very slippery, so the chances of strolling on the neck of the insect does not slide down almost none. Insect falls into the water (in some species in the jug can contain up to 2 liters of water) and sinking. Next, produce enzymes that are fully "digested" insect. Are sometimes trapped not only insects, but also even a mouse, rat, bird.

7. Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)
Venus Flytrap - is even more amazing "plant-killer", which is taking more aggressive action by killing their prey. Mutated listya- "jaws" of the plants encroach on the lives of not only insects, but also on the life of snails and even frogs.

8. Bengal Ficus (Ficus benghalensis)
At first glance it may seem that the photo above depicts a forest. In fact - is only one tree. Ficus Bengali branch forms a powerful support which grow shoots that vacation down to the ground, take root, forming a powerful column-trunks.

9. evergreen Sequoia (Sequoia sempervirens)
Sequoia evergreen - the tallest tree on our planet. Our temperate forests - a grass compared to a forest consisting of these mighty giants. The height of the many trees of more than 110 meters, and age over 3,500 years! Earlier in the hollowed trunks of redwood houses and even cut a tunnel through which the roads. In windy weather many visitors to the forest giants is becoming uncomfortable with the noisy "rattle" and swinging the mighty redwood trunks. It grows in California.

10. Raymond Puia (Puya raimondii)
Puia Raymond bromeliad family native to the Bolivian and Peruvian Andes has the largest inflorescence diameter of 2, 5 meters and a height of about 12 meters, consisting of about 10,000 simple flowers. It is unfortunate that this wonderful plant blooms only when it reaches 150 years of age, and then dies.


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