notmusa:

fenestraria plants look like this in stores

but i just found out they grow like this in the wild

and im real fucked up about it

These guys are so cool!!

First off they’re called more commonly “baby toes”. Which is probably the most unsettling/best name for a succulent.

They have evolved clear tops so light can better travel to the rest of the plant.

Weird and neat.

chalkandwater:

The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) bloomed at the Copenhagen Botanical Garden this tuesday (top four pictures) and is now slowing closing thursday (bottom picture). The huge “bread loaf” structure (spadix) is for sending out a powerful smell of rotten flesh which attracts insects that pollinate the tiny flowers hidden at the bottom of the spadix, as seen in the third and fourth picture. It’s the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world (the largest branched is the talipot palm and the largest single flower is Rafflesia arnoldii) but this individual is “only” 1,60 m while the world record is 3,11 m. 

In another day or two the whole thing is going to wilt and collapse and the corm hidden in the soil is going to gather resources for the next bloom, hopefully in a few years, maybe 15, maybe never.

I was working in the greenhouse and let me tell you, pasty scandinavians are not made for +30 C temperatures with a humidity of +80%.  

bogleech:

jackassgardener:

indefenseofplants:

I introduce to you the wild world of the genus Ceropegia. Distant relatives of milkweeds, these strange vines are native to parts of Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. Though quite varied, the floral morphology functions as a pollinator trap. Lured in by the scent, unsuspecting flies become trapped down inside the flower by downward pointing hairs. After sufficient time to guarantee pollinia have been attached, the hairs wither and the flies are free to fall into the same trap on another plant.

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Photo Credits: -Merce- (http://bit.ly/ZykAfg), Martin Heigan (http://bit.ly/1rRlVbR), David Midgley (http://bit.ly/1vCsRcW), Jayesh Patil (http://bit.ly/1oGC2Ef), epiforums (http://bit.ly/1nSTLNX), to.wi (https://www.flickr.com/photos/w-tommerdich/7223411120)

this is how i want to die.

….with a huge fly stuck down your throat, covered in your genetic material?