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Man-Eating Plant – The Ya Te Veo

In 1881 intrepid explorer Carl Liche told the tale of a terrible tree. The Ya-Te-Veo that would feast upon the Mdoko tribe of Madagascar. link The German gave a gruesome account of his encounter as the plant slobbered on a filly: “… slender delicate palpi, with the fury of starved serpents, quivered a moment over her head, then as if instinct with demoniac intelligence fastened upon her in sudden coils round and round her neck and arms; then while her awful screams and yet more awful laughter rose wildly to be instantly strangled down again into a gurgling moan, the tendrils one after another, like great green serpents, with brutal energy and infernal rapidity, rose, retracted themselves, and wrapped her about in fold after fold, ever tightening with cruel swiftness and savage tenacity of anacondas fastening upon their prey.” Thankfully it seems that the Ya-Te-Veo never existed, the Mdoko tribe were certainly not bothered by it either as they too were made up… indeed even intrepid adventurer Carl Liche appears to be the product of …

The Plant that sings to Bats

The Cuban vine, Marcgravia evenia, has a bevelled leaf that’s is shaped in such a way as to act as a guide for the bats. The leaf bounces the sound back to the bat dishing out a nice sugary drinky to the plant’s flappy friend. In return the plant may get pollinated by the bat. via New Scientist

The world’s smelliest flower

The Titan arum is not only the largest flower in the world, it also has the dubious honour of the title of ‘World’s smelliest flower’. It is quite rightly also known as ‘the corpse flower’ as it smells of the dead to attract its gruesome pollinators. It’s latin name, Amorphophallus titanum, directly translates as ‘giant misshapen penis’.