Most Exotic Plants

Endless varieties of plants exist in our world but some earn the distinction of being among the most exotic plants known around the globe. Most would not grow in a backyard garden, and live in their own individual habitats. The most exotic kinds come in different shapes and sizes or exist as on oddity even among their fellow plants. You might be surprised to find, though, that some local exotic plants are even potentially fatal.

Jabotacaba tree

The Jabotacaba tree presents a bizarre appearance when full of Jabotacaba fruit. Unlike other fruit trees, no stem attaches the fruit to the tree. Instead the fruit attaches directly to the branch or on some trees even on the trunk originally from Brazil this exotic plant also thrives in South America and some areas of California. The tree, as well as the Jabotacaba bush remains small growing to 45 feet or less depending on the type.

Green Pitcher Plant

The Green Pitcher Plant is a meat-eating herb with insects providing its favored diet. Catching the insects involves drowning the prey. Each plant consists of tubular "pitchers," which fill with water when it rains. Insects enter the pitcher easily to obtain water by traveling on downward facing plant hairs inside. Once inside they remain trapped by these same downward hairs because climbing back up them is unlikely. Eventually, the plant digests the trapped insect. The exotic plant found in Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia is currently endangered due in part to loss of habitat.

Castor Oil Plant

Also known as the Castor Bean plant, this plant might not seem like one of the most exotic at first glance and in fact, may be growing nearby. The castor oil plant grows very quickly in just one season. The purple leaves provide a striking border or accent to other plants. It seems an ordinary enough plant until you consider it is lethal. Just one small bean from the castor plant is deadly because the beans of the plant contain ricin. This ricin is removed when making castor oil, a nasty tasting home remedy made for upset stomach. In spite of its deadly potential, the castor oil plant grows in many flowerbeds as a favored decorative plant.

Rafflesia Flower

The Rafflesia flower lays claim to several things that contribute to it being one of the top most exotic plants ever. The flower considered the biggest in the world, is actually a parasitic plant that needs a host to survive. The bloom of the Rafflestia is large enough to fit an average armchair into plus the plant smells so bad it is nicknamed the corpse flower or meat flower. Even the beauty enjoyed by flowers in general is lost on this one. Five orange large petals surround the deep bloom or well. They are covered by wart-like growths and the petals themselves are like rough leather to the touch instead of the silky smoothness of most flower species.

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About this Author

Connie Whiting has been a professional writer since 1999. She is published in Red Rock Press Anthologies and "Legacy" magazine. She is also an experienced food column writer. Past positions include certified dental assistant and virtual assistant for “Your Invisible Assistant” a service focused on travel arrangements and media writing. Currently, Connie writes for Demand Studios while pursuing an Associate of Arts.