Weird Plants With Funny Names

By Aparna Desikan

April 7,2022

Kangaroo Paw

Just like Kangaroos, this plant is found in Australia. The beautiful plant looks just like a kangaroo’s paw and is used in making bouquets. They can also be planted indoors, because of their ornamental value.

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Lion's Mane Mushroom

These are fungi found in America and Europe, growing on dead trees or as a parasite on living ones!  It is consumed as specialty dishes in its native regions.

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Baseball Plant

These succulent plants found in the wilds of Africa resemble a baseball when fully grown. It is also cultivated in gardens purely for ornamental purposes. However, it is not edible as its sap is poisonous.

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As the name suggests, this plant causes you to sneeze. However, it's also medicinal in nature. The powder made from the root of this plant is used to cure muscle pain, nausea, tiredness, and other illnesses. Sneezeworts are mostly found in Europe.

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Witches' Butter

These are fungal plants that are found on dead branches of trees. They resemble the colour of butter and are believed to have been used by witches. It's mostly inedible but is consumed in soup in some regions of China.

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Shaggy Soldier

Found in Mexico, these plants are tough soldiers and are known to grow even in deserted areas. Sadly, this wild weed grows at a rapid rate and prevents other plants from growing.

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Monkey Puzzle

These trees are so puzzling that even a monkey would have trouble climbing! They are spiny with spiralling branches, found mostly in South America. The trunk is so strong that they are used as timber in several woodworking projects.

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Mouse Tail

The outer part of this plant resembles the tail of a mouse! It is found in parts of India and Sri Lanka and has several antibacterial properties. It is also a regular in botanical gardens because of its bright red flowers.

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