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The Science And Art Of Really Seeing Strange Plants

Paintings of some of the weird and bizarre plants that are far stranger than any in science fiction, and that exemplify the incredible strategies that plants need to survive

Oil painting of the corpse flower or giant padma (Rafflesia arnoldii), the world’s largest flower. This rare flower grows in the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia. It can grow to be 3 feet across and weigh up to 15 pounds! It is a parasitic plant, with no visible leaves, roots, or stem. When in bloom, it emits a repulsive odor, similar to that of rotting meat, which attracts insects that pollinate the plant. (Image appears here with the kind permission of the artist, Chris Thorogood / University of Oxford)

Most people don’t give plants a second thought. We walk past them β€” and on them β€” as if…

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