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hey guys it's Chris from plants thatsmell like death to those that are outto get you here are nine of thestrangest plants on earth number ninethe corpse flower despite its name thecorpse flower is not a flower that'sdying and actually it's not a singularflower either rather it's a combinationof thousands of male and female flowersthat grow together to form this massivestructure it's actually one of thelargest flower structures in the worldtoday as well as one of the rarest inthe world it grows in the tropicalregions of Asia for example Sumatra asfor how it actually got its name wellthat would be due to its smell thecorpse flower emits an odor thatactually does smell like rotting fleshwhich is pretty intense as you canimagine but only when it's in bloom thatmay sound like a weird trait to have butit's actually essential to the plant'ssurvival Tim Pollock outdoor floraculturalist at the Chicago BotanicGardens noted the following the smellcolor and even temperature of corpseflowers are meant to attract pollinatorsand help ensure the continuation of thespecies such insects who like this smellinclude dung beetles and flesh flies whoreally do like the smell of rottingfleshand the plant grew to recognize that butit also goes even deeper to ensure thatthe insects come corpse flowers are alsoable to warm up to 98 degrees Fahrenheitthat's thirty six point seven Celsius tofurther fool the insects Pollack addedthe insects think the flower may be foodfly inside realized there is nothing toeat and fly off with pollen on theirlegs this process ensures the ongoingpollenization of the species once theflower has bloomed and pollination iscomplete the flower collapses I had achance to see one of these one time andI took a hard pass number eight lithopsone of the biggest threats to plantsisn't necessarily as humans for onceit's herbivores that decide the plantlooks tasty and deserves to be eaten tothat end the plant known as the lithopsearned to blend into its environmentlooking like a rock this unique plantcan be found in South Africa and it'sdeveloped its body and color palette inorder to blend into the rocks thatreside in the area they're so good atthis camouflage that they have evenfooled humans who know what to look forin terms of the visuals there's more toit than just camouflage though they'retrying to survive the harsh deserts inwhich they live and so since plantsdon't easily survive in the desert theywant to make sure that they're notprematurely ended by animals seeking toget the water from their insides lithopscome in a variety of colors and it'sonly during the winter that they'reexposed for the plants that they trulyare and now for number seven but firstif you're new here be sure to subscribebefore you leave and click thenotification bell we have lots and lotsof new videos coming up number sevenwell wish ya Morales just in terms ofbody style though well wish ya marabousis a pretty odd specimen mainly becauseit only has two leaves on it and bothare attached to a very simple stem yetthe difference with the leaves of thewell-wishing Morales is that they keepgrowing eventually the leaves grow solarge that they fold in on each otherand resemble a mane of hair from a humanas for the stem it may start out simplebut it can grow very large not just inheight mind you but in width andthickness as well height wise it can beup over a six feet tall and over 24 feetin diameter however just as odd as itsfeatures is how long the plant itselfcan last according to scientists it canlive anywhere from 400 to 1500 years Imean no biggie right that makes it oneof the longest lasting plants in theworld today one of the reasons for itslong life is its endurance it's a desertplant and actually can survive withoutrain water for almost five years and forthose who find the plant while they'rein for a tasty treat because the plantsgot a nickname of onion of the desertnumber six dragonblood tree in yementhere's a tree known as the dragon bloodtree and it's one that catches the eyesof many who see it first off the canopyof the tree is very odd it has anupturned densely packed crownhaving the shape of an upright Lee heldumbrella this is actually an evolutionof the tree because it lives in an areathat is very small and water because ofthis the tree branches up and thusgrants itself a wide area of shadow inorder to reduce the evaporation of waternear its roots then when you get to thebark you find its other unique featureits dragonblood or more accurately theresin that resides within the treeitself its color and texture remindpeople of blood and the coloring of thetree resembles that of a dragon anddragon's blood weirdly much like many ofthe myths about dragon blood the resinfrom the tree is actually used as amedicine by some furthermore the colorand texture allow it to be used as a dyeto those who would desire such thingsother features of the dragon blood treesthat every three to four years it'lljust go and shed all of its leaves atonce so that new ones can grow the treealso grows berries that change in colormultiple times until they're ripe ispretty cool number five purple pitcherplant there are many plants in the worldthat are carnivorous but what's uniqueis that many different species of themhave different ways to get their preyfor example the purple pitcher plant saythat three times fast is one that usesits long bail and an intriguing smell tolure flies and other insects into itsbody how it works is this think of thebell of the plant like an actual pitcherat the bottom is a liquid nectar made bythe plant that liquid emits a smell onethat attracts all sorts of insects theinsects will enter the plant and touchthe nectar hoping to eat it and get whatit wants but when it does the insect istrapped and can't escape ironically thepurple pitcher plant and others like itdon't kill the insect oh right theyactually allow it to struggle and liveuntil it dies naturally or it drowns viarainwater entering the plants bell oncethe insect is dead the plant willrelease special enzymes in order tobreak down its body and give the plantthan nutrients that it wants there aremany different versions of purplepitcher plant each with their own uniquelook but the results they go after areall the same number for buddha's-handnot the actual hand of buddha from thehindu faith but rather a plant thatactually resembles the interpretationsof said hand the Buddha's hand plant isalso referred to as a fingered citroenbecause the fruit of the plant grows insections that make it look like fingerswith the exception that it has far morethan five stalks on it however much likea hand the plant has the capability tobe in a closed hand and an open handformation it just depends on how theplant grows at the time its true originsare a bit unknown but most trace it backto India or China as that's where thecitroen fruits are known to reside themost speaking of whichChina India Japan and Malaysia oftenused the Buddha's hand plant to makeperfume as the fruit emits a ratherpleasant smell it's also used as a fooda medicine and ointment and true to itsname a religious offering however itmust be in a closed hand formation asthis is what Buddha himself prefersnumber threestrangler fig when you hear the wordtree the last thing you likely thinkabout is parasite and yet with thestrangler fig that's exactly the casethis is a unique and strange tree thatwill actually engulf other trees withits roots in order to suck the life outof them in their own waytrue to its strange nature the stranglerfig does not grow up from the groundit'll actually remain in the ground is aseed for a very long time and then it'llget caught by a bird or picked up orkicked up by something else andeventually land in the canopy of a treewhat it does it'll start to grow itsroots by sending them down the treegetting bigger and bigger and moreexpansive with every foot that it goesit'll basically swarm the tree with itsroots and then it'll also grow upward toget the sunlight it craves because it'scovering the tree in this way andpreventing it from getting things likewater and sunlight the host tree willdie there are twelve different speciesof strangler fig in the world todaynumber two bears head toothed mushroomthe Bears head toothed mushroom is afungus that only grows on trees that aredying or deadand that's just the start of its uniquefeatures it's biology is that of beingwhite fleshy and yet full of spines notone that can hurt you mind youin fact the Bears head toothed mushroomis an incredibly helpful plantdespite being attached to a dead treefor example the Bears head toothedmushroom is 100% safe to eat which isalmost always a risk with mushroomswhat's more all four species of thisparticular mushroom are also safe to eatagain our rarity for mushrooms there's alot of research going on right now forwhat the Bears head toothed mushroom andit's brother species will do for yourbody because it said that it can helpyour nerves grow it can help fight offroundworm and it can even fight offcancer number one venus flytrap easilyone of the most famous flowers in all ofthe world and one of my most favoriteswhen I was a kid the Venus flytrap isone of the rarest flowers in the worldin that it's actually a carnivorousplant to be clear there are other plantsthat have traps that are meant to catchfliesbut the Venus flytrap is one that openlygoes and pretends to be a regular plantand then once a flyer or other insecttrips the tiny hairs on the inside ofits leaves it'll snap shut and thenit'll very slowly devour the food it'scaught however not only is the Venusflytrap aware of its Catchings it's alsoconscious enough to know whether it'scaught something worth digesting so forexample say a rock gets into the mouthof a Venus flytrap it'll close on it butthen it realizes it can't be digestedand it just opens back up and spits therock out when it does get something itlikes though it'll take ten days todigest it thoroughly as noted the Venusflytrap is one of the most famousflowers on earth and as such it hasplayed a role in various forms of popculture including sci-fi shows and evenbeing turned into a Pokemon well thanksfor watching that does it what do youthink of these strange plants let meknow in the comments below be sure tosubscribe and I'll see you next time

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