Out of the ordinary
Restricted to the island of Mauritius, Roussea simplex is a critically endangered shrub or liana that is pollinated by a gecko.
The yellow rattle may look pretty and innocent - but it is a vampire at heart.
A rare, parasitic, rootless and leafless plant, Rafflesia arnoldii has the largest known flower in the world.
This rare rainforest giant was recently discovered in Cameroon.
A prominent species of the coastal plains and adjacent forests of south-west Western Australia, the tall, thin flowering spikes of Xanthorrhoea preissii emerge from a crown of grass-like leaves on a sturdy...
The fungus Russula meleagris is always found in a mutually beneficial association with a tropical legume tree species, Gilbertiodendron dewevrei, and has a smell that has been described as...
Large enough to be visible in satellite imagery, dimaka is an enormous 'self-destructive' palm that remained undetected by science until 2007.
American ginseng roots, which can resemble the human body, are dried for use as a popular herbal medicine.