Tags: secrets of nature

Once in a century flower

Queen of the Andes plant One of the flower sets belong to Queen of the Andes plants which are found only in Peru and Bolivia at altitudes between 9,800 and 15,750 feet (3,000 and 4,800 meters). As the conditions are so barren, the plant needs time to build up the resources with which it produces […]

Tital Arum, the Corpse flower

Meet the Tital Arum, which has the largest inflorescence in the world! Just like Rafflesia, it has an odor or a rotting corpse and hence the name – Corpse flower.   The plant’s inflorescence reaches to over 10 ft in height and consists of a fragrant spadix/group of flowers wrapped by a large petal.  The “fragrance” […]

Fire-cracking beauty

A typical sight in South Indian gardens, the orange-toned kanakambaram, is a modest plant whose seeds pack a punch. In spite of the fact that they don’t have any aroma like the jasmine flower, the firecracker is noted for its splendid bright shading. It blooms the entire year around and its blossoms are mostly used […]

World’s biggest organism

World’s biggest organism Fast, think about the biggest life-form ever. What’d you thought of? A dinosaur? Apologies, no — there’s bigger. You might say a blue whale? No! There is a great chance that you are thinking about the biggest creature, but we said ‘life form’. Well, we’re discussing the “humongous growth,” a colony of […]

8 storey tall leaves

In the wild, once in a while size does make a difference. What’s more, with regards to the plant with the biggest leaves, the champ is Raphia regalis, a types of Raffia Palm having a place with the palm tree family Arecaceae.  Raphia regalis is local to Angola, the Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, […]

Giant umbrella sized leaves

Considered as medicine for sexually transmitted diseases, the Brazilian Giant-rhubarb is a large, clump-forming perennial with stout horizontal stems known as rhizomes, massive umbrella-sized leaves.  The leaves of Gunnera manicata grow to an impressive size Leaves with diameters well in excess of 4 ft (122 cm) are commonplace, with a spread of 10 ft (3 […]

Kumquat: Small fist, Big PUNCH

The funny sounding tiny tots of citrus family are just about 2- 2.5 cms in diameter but are richly packed with multiple nutritional benefits from the big doses of Vitamin C(73% of RDI) , Fiber (26% of RDI) and Vitamin A (10% of RDI) and antioxidants in 100 gms of  serving which is about 4-5 fruits. […]

Dead stick walking!

One of the fantastic insects that camouflage as plants are Walking sticks, or stick insects. Stick insects are actually not a single species, but an entire order of insects that have evolved to resemble twigs and branches of plants to escape predators. They escape predation by blending into plant material. As their name suggests, they […]