Awesome Plants

Plants are amazing!

Great Banyan Tree, Calcutta Botanical Gardens

This is one tree. It is over 210 years old and has a circumference of over 1/2km.  From a distance, it has the semblance of a forest, but what appear to be individual trees are actually aerial (growing above ground) roots — around 2,800 of them!


Many plants are more than meets the eye. The Awesome Plants studylist on  vocabnetwork.com includes flora with special tricks up their sleeves — er, stems.

 

These glowing mushrooms are like a black light poster come to life.  As darkness falls, a soft green glow emanates from the bioluminescent (naturally producing light) fungi.

 

 

Popularly known as a pitcher plant or monkey cup, this one is carnivorous (able to trap and digest small animals). Ants, other insects, spiders, scorpions, and centipedes are at the top of its menu.

 

 

The Rafflesia is a parasite with a bloom over 3 feet (1 meter) across! For all its beauty, it reeks (smells bad) like rotting meat to attract insects such as flies for pollination.

 


Plants are all around, forming the base of the food chain and filling our atmosphere with the oxygen we breathe.  Do we notice them?  Here are a couple that would be hard to miss.

A tribe in India figured out a unique method of building bridges — they grew them!  Part of the incredibly strong root system of the Indian Rubber plant is trained to go across and down. This takes 10-15 years. The bridges flourish (are strong and healthy) and actually get stronger as time goes on.  Some are 500 years old!

 These bizarre trees can only be found on the island of Socotra, located just east of the Horn of Africa.  Being so isolated, fully one-third of its plants are endemic (native and confined to the region).  With such unusual flora decorating the landscape, it’s no wonder Socotra has been called the most alien place on Earth.

 


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Want to check out vocab words in more snippets about weird and wonderful plants?
The images below are in our Awesome Plants2 studylist.

 

 

 

 

 

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