Ever heard about Plants With Bizarre Names? There are specimens with such wild initials that it’ll make you scratch your head!
You might have heard about heart leaf philodendron or marble queen pothos – such nice names, no? But have you come across plants with bizarre names? Well, you are in for a treat!
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Plants With Bizarre Names
1. Mother in-Law’s Tongue
Botanical Name: Dracaena trifasciata
This name was derived from its pointed tips of tongue like, leathery leaves. They look surely as sharp as your mom in law’s tongue!
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2. Ghost Plant
Botanical Name: Monotropa uniflora
The common name relates to its bizarre coloring, which is due to a lack of chlorophyll. If you spot one in the dark, you’ll mistake it for some ghost for sure!
3. Buddha’s Hand
Botanical Name: Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis
Also known as Buddha’s finger due to unique and fragmented finger-like fruits, the fingers display a cluster-like hand and can be between 5 and 20 in number.
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4. Mother of Millions
Botanical Name: Kalanchoe delagoensis
This fast-growing plant has got its bizarre name because of the leaves that multiply easily anywhere it falls on the soil. The plant produces tiny plantlets in thousands, too!
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5. Naked Man Orchid
Botanical Name: Orchis italica
This weird-looking orchid has got its bizarre name due to, well, look yourself at the picture! Don’t you see a number of naked men there!
6. Old Lady Cactus
Botanical Name: Mammillaria hahniana
This cacti looks like a bun made of some grey and fine aged hair of an old lady. Despite the name, it is one beautiful specimen!
7. Pig’s Ear
Botanical Name: Cotyledon orbiculata
The oval-shaped leaves of this plant have red-edges, which look a lot like the ears of a pig, hence the name! In sunlight, the coloration gets richer.
Botanical name: Achillea Ptarmica
The strong-scented flowers make people sneeze – the reason why it has that name! People used it to make sneezing powder in ancient times and help people combat sinuses.
9. Sticky Willy
Botanical name: Galium aparine
Ahmm! Well, do we really have to explain this one? Look at it: two hairy balls-like growths with hair on them. We’ll leave this one to your imagination.
10. Corpse Flower
Botanical name: Titan arum
The odd name of this plant does not come from its looks, but due to the foul odor it releases. It takes up to a decade to flower.
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11. Japanese Blood Grass
Botanical name: Imperata cylindrica
This perennial plant is loved for its bold color, which looks like someone poured blood on it. The more sunlight it gets, the more intense the coloration becomes!
12. Sausage Tree
Botanical name: Kigelia africana
The hilarious name was derived from its hanging fruits that resemble sausages or hot dogs. This plant can make you giggle as you walk beside it, for sure!
13. Devil’s Walkingstick
Botanical name: Aralia spinosa
Doesn’t it look like a devil planted its stick on the ground and went for a stroll in the forest? If you come across one, look around for the devil!
14. Hens and Chicks
Botanical name: Sempervivum tectorum
Hens and chicks’ names are due to the rosette shape, which refers to hens and the habit of the plant to form numerous plantlets or ‘chicks.’
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15. Nodding Lady’s Tresses
Botanical name: Spiranthes cernua
The attractive yet bizarre name emerged due to the spiral arrangement of blooms that look like someone braided them smartly!
16. Cupid’s Dart
Botanical name: Catananche caerulea
The ancient Romans and Greeks used this bloom as the main ingredient in love potions, so the romantic name was derived.
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17. Doll’s Eye
Botanical name: Actaea pachypoda
The interesting name comes from the black stigmas in the white berries that appear like a cluster of eyeballs. The red stalks make it more eye-catching.
18. Dumb Cane
Botanical name: Dieffenbachia
Dumb Cane has calcium oxalate, and if you eat its sap – it will cause your throat to swell and cause temporary speechlessness. This led to its bizarre name.
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19. Dead Man’s Fingers
Botanical name: Decaisnea fargesii
This plant earned its eerie name due to its finger-like appearance. It’s a fungus that resembles the hands of a deceased person reaching out.
20. Widow’s Thrill
Botanical name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
The Kalanchoe is often called “Widow’s Thrill” as it is very hardy and can tolerate harsh conditions – like minimal watering or neglect.
21. Pussy Ears
Botanical name: Cyanotis somaliensis
The soft, fuzzy texture of the leaves and their shape is the reason behind this amusing succulent’s name. Bizarre, isn’t it?
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22. Toothache Plant
Botanical Name: Acmella oleracea
The leaves and flowers of this herb contain a natural analgesic that provides relief from toothaches and throat pains, earning it this bizarre name.
23. Witches’ Butter
Botanical Name: Tremella mesenterica
This is a jelly-like fungus found on dead wood. It gets the name due to its gelatinous, buttery, and shiny appearance – which makes it look like a magical connotation.
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24. Hooker’s Lips
Botanical Name: Psychotria elata
This must have made you pout or smile! The plant looks so realistic that you’ll be hard-pressed to tell whether it actually has leaves, flowers, or a pair of real lips peeping out!