16 of the world's weirdest most-wonderful plants

Western underground orchid
© University of Western Australia

From a 2000-year-old plant to an orchid that lives underground (pictured above) to a plant that traps rodents for lunch, these remarkable organisms show botany's bodacious side.

It seems to me that really, all plants are magical. They are silent workhorses that provide infinite benefits to the planet, as crucial as sunlight and water. But aside from the obviously essential roles they play, or maybe because of, they have some very remarkable traits. When we stop to notice, even a plant as mundane as grass has some pretty fancy tricks up its sleeve. But some plants take things to the extreme.

The following catalog of curiosities was created by The Greenhouse People. It's an awesome collection that shows off Mother Nature's willpower, not to mention her wonderful wild side.

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