The Top 10 Scariest Plants Ever
There are some very strange things in the world. Some are fun, cute, and exciting. Some are just disturbing. Here is a quick list of plants that make my list of the ten most disturbing plants I know about.
As it is a fungus, I placed it last on the list. However, this creepy plant usually looks like the tentacles of an octopus. It is said that it is edible, but as it smells horrible and tastes even worse I doubt that even those dying of hunger would want to try it. Most of these are from the place where many dangerous things come from: Australia.
Bleeding Tooth Fungus
Here we have another fungus which I find quite disturbing. The Bleeding Tooth Fungus is so called because the younger specimens tend to secrete this red fluid that looks a lot like blood. The tooth part of the name is because the underside of it's cap has little teeth in which spores are made. If you are tempted to eat one, they are not poisonous but are extremely bitter. I do not want to know why someone tasted one.
The Chinese/Japanese Lantern Plant is just something that looks amazing. Its not so much scary as something I find to be a Halloween type plant. The outer area of the berry fades and becomes a skeleton like cage around the berry.
For a more spooky oriented line of thought, the Japanese collect the berries for the Bon Festival to guide the souls of the deceased.
Doll's Eye Plant
This highly poisonous "White Baneberry" looks quite normal until you find its fruit (pictured). If you catch its leaves and flowers it looks like an ordinary plant. If you sneak up on it in the middle of the night it looks like the picture. Okay just kidding, but when it does fruit, the size of the white berry and the black spot do look like a doll's eye.
Though this can easily cause cardiac arrest, early settlers and Native Americans would use the roots of the plant to sedate people, especially during child birth. The berries are the dangerous part of the plant and can cause immediate sedation of heart muscles if ingested.
It might sound cute, but it really is not. This extremely sharp plant grows thousands of spines all over itself. Furthermore, it can grow fast and large with some dimensions being 8x8 feet. It is hard to kill, and with the speed it grows you better hope it was not introduced into your back yard. This is one plant you do not want to tangle with. Oh, did I mention the thorns are poison?
Cannibal plants? Yep, that is creepy. The Strangleweed smells its prey and attacks. Slowly, but most movement to a plant is slow. The image attached is a sample of Witches Shoelace that is next to a tomato plant, slowly coming for it to strangle the life out of it and feed off of it.
Recently we just found out that these follow the scent of plants. When wafting plant smells towards the plant it starts to follow the smell. It also has specific tastes - in the test both Tomato and Wheat were used, and it definitely liked the Tomato smell more.
This plant looks very similar to "head crabs" from the game Half Life, which like to grab on to people and do horrible things to them. These plants grab onto the feet of anything that passes by and get carried along until they are smashed to pieces by the foot. This would not take me very long, upon noticing that kind of passenger I would quickly smash it to bits if it would not come off...
The Ghost Plant is aptly named. Just imagine walking into a grouping of these in the middle of the night. This is a rare plant that people usually don't find anywhere. The plant does not get food from sunlight; strangely enough this plant feeds off a specific fungi which feed off of trees.
Also called the Indian Pipe, this plant can rarely have a red coloration or streaking or sometimes has a pink hue to it as if it had recently eaten something that wandered by.
Art imitating life, or life imitating art? Life imitating life?
I am not sure if this is a hoax or not, but there seem to be a large number of these pictures of this type of root turning out rather human like. Perhaps this root is the origin of the Mandrake Root stories of plants that look like people. (Though, the Mandrake Root too can bifurcate and look like people as well.) The wonderful world of roots shows us that it is possible for people looking plants to exist with mandrake, ginger, and a few others but it usually is not this clear.
While looking around at plants one day, I saw an image of bats sleeping. Why is that in the flower pictures...? OH. Oh no... That is a flower. That is not fun. The Black Bat Flower of the yam family (of all things) grows in wild tropical forests in China, far away from me. The petals/wings can grow up to a foot in diameter and the longer whisker type things can grow up to 28 inches, making this a large plant that you don't want to walk into in the middle of the night.
Many Many More...
There are a vast amount of plants on this planet and we are sure to have missed some. This is a list of the ones that I find most disturbing and yet fascinating. Of course there are others, like the carnivorous type plants - pitcher, venus fly, etc. - but those are well known to most.
Think about what plants you find the most interesting or terrifying and come up with a list of your own!