Plants are pretty amazing.  Some are much more than meets the eye.

The Tricky Plants studylist on includes a few with special tricks for survival hidden up their sleeves — er, stems.


The stem of the South African Rat’s Tail works as a perfect perch for birds to rest upon.  What better way to seduce (win over and attract) birds to settle down for a moment, sip its nectar, and help spread its pollen to other plants?


Figs are pollinated by tiny wasps that crawl inside the fruit to eat the flesh, and sometimes wasps die in there.  Then, the fig uses a enzyme (protein capable of producing chemical changes) to break its body down and use it for nourishment. The predator becomes the prey!


How can an entire forest be made up of only one tree?  When that tree is a Great Banyan Tree.

The huge plant has an enormous aerial (growing in the air) root structure that gives the impression of many individual trees — over 2,800 of them!


Plants are everywhere — all around you, every moment of every day, and you probably don’t even notice them most of the time. They are essential to every form of animal life on Earth, they form the base of the food chain, and they fill our atmosphere with the oxygen we breathe.  Check out examples out below and in all kinds of Nature: Plants Vocablets on

A tribe of native people in India figured out a unique method of building bridges — they grew them!  The bridges, grown from the Ficus Elastica plant, were built long ago and they’re still thriving (growing powerfully) – in fact, they only grow stronger as time goes on.  Talk about an unconventional use of natural resources!

These bizarre trees can only be found on the island of Socotra, located just east of the Horn of Africa.  Because of its isolation, 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!

Do you know about an unusual plant or have an unusual flora experience?  Tell us and we’ll make it into a Vocablet on  Or start studying right now with our Tricky Plants studylist.

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