10th place: The most ascetic plant. Welwitschia - grows in southern Africa, in the desert of Namibia. The leaves of this plant are twisted turban around themselves. Since Namibia almost never rains, Welwitschia use their leaves to absorb moisture from the fog ... arriving from the Atlantic, and then drop by drop passes to its roots.
9th place: Buttercups. In the opinion of the people, this herb has harsh character - hence the name. This flower - the highest in Europe - is found at an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level. Buttercups Ranunculus lobatus found at an altitude of 6400 meters above sea level.
8th place: The oldest is now growing tree - a ginkgo growing in the Chinese province of Zhejiang. This type arose in the Jurassic period, about 160 million years ago. In Japan, ginkgo is called "Silver Apricot».
7th place: The biggest cactus in the world, saguaro grows in Mexico and Arizona. It easily grows to a height of 15 meters, and weighs between 6 and 10 tonnes. In 3500 saguaro- flower stamens, which are so large that small birds build their nests there sometimes.
6th place: Salix arctica - the northernmost tree (bush) in the world, its branches can reach 5 meters in length, but they will never rise higher than 10 cm. From the ground. Thus willow protected from icy wind and grows under the snow blanket throughout the winter.
5th place: The most romantic plant - Edelweiss. In fact, it is not about a single flower, and a group of a few tiny flowers collected together. Edelweiss is very well protected from the cold, can grow not only on the rocks, but in the valleys.
4th place: The largest carnivorous plants, the ability to digest the largest mining refers to a family of pitcher plants. Frogs, birds and even rats trapped by it and digested by enzymes. It grows in the tropical forests of Asia, on about. Borneo and Indonesia.
3rd place: The most smelly plant in the world - Amorphophallus. It grows in tropical forests and the smell of rotting fish. The entire island of Sumatra literally smelled that smell.
2nd place: The most dangerous stinging plant - New Zealand nettle tree. It can kill a dog and even a horse, injecting them under the skin of a mixture of strong poisons. Thin stinging hairs on the leaves contain histamine and formic acid.
1st place: Orchids. The family of these plants - one of the largest in the world. It employs more than 25,000 species, most of which grow on trees, but, unlike parasitic plants, using them only as a prop. This plant is surprisingly unpretentious, and at flowering does not cause allergies. The Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean orchids bred so that the phrase "Weigh quarter pound of orchids" is quite common. It was said that Patricia Arquette, being the bride of the famous actor Nicolas Cage, required for the wedding black orchid, autograph Salinger and wedding dress from Tibet. Salinger's autograph, fortunately, just sold at an auction for a fee had to fly to Tibet. And got the black orchid Cage got easier: he just painted flower with black paint.