Sometimes nature is terrifying. Earthquakes,Spiders,bears, hurricane etc are enough to give us nightmares. But imagine plants that are scary,that kills, stings and poisons. Hollywood should make their next horror movie based on some of these deadliest plants that will make you cringe:
1.Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus Titanum)
It is part of a group of flowers classified as a corpse flower, because they actually smells like a rotting flesh in order to attract pollinators like beetles and flies.
This plant is sometimes called “the world’s largest flower,” but it’s actually made up of thousands of small flowers.
2. Bleeding Tooth Fungus (Hydnellum Peckii)
Ever wondered what it would be like if the shower curtain from Psycho grew in the forest? Look no further than the bleeding tooth fungus. Just like its name, the young fruit of this fungus “bleeds” a bright red fluid.
3. Venus Flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula)
The venus flytrap is known as the predator of the plant world. Its trapping mechanism is made up of a “mouth”: two leaves, trigger hairs that sense prey and toothlike cilia that keep the prey from escaping. It can easily tell the difference between live prey and non-prey like raindrops and lets small prey that wouldn’t be worth the energy of digestion go.
4.Giant Hogweed (Heracleum Mantegazzianum)
The sap of giant hogweed can cause scars, nasty blisters, and even blindness. Giant hogweed sap contains toxic chemicals known as photosensitizing furanocoumarins. When these chemicals come into contact with the human skin, it can cause a skin reaction that’s extremely sensitive to light.
5. Brain Cactus (Mammillaria Elongata Cristata)
There are about 8 Varieties of mammillaria elongata, which is native to Mexico and grows in many different shapes, most distinctive of which is known as “brain cactus.” It doesn’t have any specific benefits. This cactus looks much like the human brain as it matures.
6. Dragon’s Blood Tree (Dracaena Cinnabari)
Dracaena cinnabari, the dragon’s blood tree, gets its folk name from its crimson sap which resembles blood.
The sap can be used for its gastrointestinal properties and anti-inflammatory properties or even as lipstick. The sap is also believed to have mystical properties and is used to enhance spells in ritual magic.
7. Doll’s Eye (Actaea Pachypoda)
Doll’s Eye is a native plant of northeast America. It has its name from its berries, that resembles eyeballs.
This highly poisonous fruit ripens in the summer and stays until frost, so the timing is just right for Halloween.
8. Cuscuta (Dodder Vine)
It is also known as “strangleweed” as it wraps itself around other plants and inserts itself into their vascular systems.
Other nicknames include devil’s guts, devil’s hair, devil’s ringlet, and witch’s hair because of its chararcter.
9. Bladderwort (Utricularia)
The underwater bladder works like vacuum, it trappes the insect inside. It is an incredibly sophisticated trapping mechanism.
Unlike most carnivorous plants, they can survive almost anywhere, but sometimes are found floating in the water.
10. Gympie Gympie Tree (Dendrocnide Excelsa)
Gympe gympie has a reputation to be the most painful tree. Its stinging hairs deliver a potent neurotoxin and severe sting from the tree can even be fatal to humans.
All one has to do is touch the plant to feel the effects of the toxins, which includes a burning sensation, aching joints, and swelling under the armpits. If you are stung by the gympie gympie tree, be sure to remove the hairs or else they will keep releasing the poison.