Out of the ordinary
The titan arum is a giant among plants, with a massive flowering structure that rises some three metres above the ground. Its flowering is rare and unpredictable, and always grabs the headlines.
Dioscorea strydomiana is a recently discovered yam from South Africa. It is critically endangered and one of the most unusual yam species anywhere in the world.
Nepenthes bicalcarata, a distinctively 'fanged' pitcher plant from Borneo, has a mutually beneficial relationship with ants living inside its tendrils.
A distinctive plant from upland areas of Africa and Asia, voodoo lily has flowers that emit a smell resembling rotting meat.
Famous as the rat-trapping pitcher plant, Nepenthes rajah has some of the largest pitchers in the genus Nepenthes.
A parasite growing on the roots of a range of woody plants, toothwort owes its common name to its flowering and fruiting stems, which have been said to resemble a row of teeth.
A ragged-leaved inhabitant of African desert, some tree tumbos are believed to be over 1,000 years old.
Clathrus archeri, also known as devil's fingers, has a gelatinous egg stage from which the fruitbody arises, its four to eight reddish arms each coated with dark, foul-smelling tissue.
The Venus flytrap 'eats' insects and sometimes even small frogs that become trapped in its modified, toothed leaves. If the prey struggles, the trap will close even tighter.
Medusa's head is so named because of its numerous snake-like stems.