by Billy Kirk October 06, 2017

Get ready for some pretty crazy sh**. These 5 trippy plant species look like something out of Alice in Wonderland or a drug-induced hallucination.

And yeah, we all know about the Venus Fly Trap, but with all due respect, it’s really played out at this point. It won’t be on this list. (Sorry, Mr. Fly Trap.)


1. Amorphophallus titanum

Image Credit: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

“The Corpse Flower” is an Indonesian species aptly named because of its membership in the carrion flower class. That is to say, it’s hella stinky and legitimately smells like rotten flesh. Also of note: It grows up to ten feet in height and has the largest unbranched flower cluster in the world.


2. Rafflesia arnoldii

These scientific names are probably killing you already, aren’t they? 

Another “corpse flower” in the carrion flower family, this one also stinks to high heaven. Native to Sumatran rainforests, it flowers rarely and only for two to three days. It also possesses Earth’s largest individual flower (not flower cluster) with a diameter of three feet.


3. Desmodium Gyrans

Desmodium Gyrans, or “dancing plant,” is a tropical fella that flourishes in China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Its movements, afforded by the hinges on its leaves that react to sunlight sources, are so rapid they can be detected by the naked eye. In other words, put on some music and watch this baby boogie!


4. Dracaena cinnabari

Dracaena cinnabari (cinnabari just made us think of Cinnabon, and now we’re hungry), aka the “Dragon Tree,” is an umbrella-shaped tree so named because of its blood-red sap. Really. First discovered by Isaac Bayley Balfour in 1882, its sap is said to have medicinal properties, as our boy Bear explains below:


5. Selaginella lepidophylla

Finally, we have the “Rose of Jericho” or the “Resurrection Plant.” Selaginella lepidophylla is a wild ass plant indigenous to the Chihuahuan Desert (Yo quiero Taco Bell, ya’ll) that can survive extreme dryness, or desiccation, to the point that when finally watered it appears to be reborn. Peep the video:

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