***World's Largest Flower (inflorescence) Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan arum
An enormous flower found in Indonesia, also called the "corpse flower" for its unpleasant odor. It emits the smell of rotting flesh and attracts pollinators. Technically, the Titan arum is not a single flower, but a cluster of many tiny flowers, called an inflorescence. The Titan arum has the largest unbranched inflorescence of all flowering plants. The plant can reach heights of 20 feet) and weigh as much as 170 pounds!
***Worlds Largest Flower, corpse flower, The Rafflesia arnoldii.
The world's largest flow is the Rafflesia arnoldii. This rare flower lives in the rainforests of Indonesia. It can grow to 3 feet across and weigh up to 15 pounds! It is a parasitic, with no visible leaves, roots, or stem. When in bloom, the Rafflesia gives off a repulsive odor, similar to rotting meat. This odor attracts insects to pollinate the plant.
***Spiderwort; Tradescantia virginiana L. Spiderwort Family; Commelinaceæ
Spiderworts are superb indicators of radiation levels: their flowers are highly sensitive to radiation damage.
They are a botanical link between the wetland grasses called sedges and the lilies. Its most remarkable aspect is its use as an indicator of radiation and of chemical pollution.
The spiderwort plant is an accurate instrument for measuring cumulative doses of radiation. Its blue stamen hairs indicated mutation by turning pink when exposed to radiation or chemical pollution. Like the Roentgen Equivalent Man (REM), the Stamen-hair-mutation test (Trad-SHM) has been formalized as a means to detect gene mutation due to radiation and the Micronucleus test (Trad-MCN) has been established to detect DNA damage due to chemical pollutants.
***Compass Plant Silphium laciniatum Aster family (Asteraceae)
These are huge plants with leaves that look like fern fronds. They can grow up to 12 feet tall
The leaves of Compass Plant often point in a north-south direction and it is used as a compass. With its imposing heighth, interesting leaves, that resemble fern fronds, and abundant yellow flowers, the Compass Plant is an extraordinary plant.
***Prairie Dock Silphium terebinthinaceum Aster family (Asteraceae)
Huge leaves and related to the Compass plant.
***Strange hybrid of Compass plant and Prairie Dock
Also shows a strange hybrid between a Compass plant and Prairie dock
***Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
This plant makes rubber. American scientists have developed a high-protein rubber from milkweed. It will not burn or melt, nor decompose in gasoline. The rubber is very tough. Cultivation of Milkweed would make enough rubber to furnish all domestic needs.
It is essential for the existence of Monarch butterflies. They and probably many other brightly colored insects live on milkweed. The sap of the milkweed makes them taste bad so predators don't eat hem. The sap is white.
***Common Names: Tulip Botanical Name: Tulipa
Tulips can see and move. The flowers open in the daytime and close at night or on a rainy day. Thus, the pollen stays dry and reproductive parts are protected. .
***Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus
The skunk cabbage may flower as early as January.
Looks like it came from another planet. It is unique for several reasons. It can thermo regulate.
They can bloom (often as early as December in the middle or even the beginning of winter and are often the first plants to bloom. It can raise it temperature to a temperature almost as high as the human body temperature. It can produce heat of up to 15-35° C over the air temperature and melt its way through frozen ground. It puts forth a single leaf-like sheath (spathe, which is hood-shaped and resembles some of the hoods in Star Wars characters, and maroon streaked with green-yellow. Inside is a spandex, which appears fuzzy because it is covered with tiny flowers with no petals. They also have an odor like a skunk-why they are named skunk cabbage. Its roots are huge tendrils, which not only look strange, but can move. They are contractile and can dig and pull the plant down with them. The bad odor is to attracts insects. After it flowers, it turns into an enormous plant with huge leaves. The leaves don't grow as normal leaves do, they uncoil, somewhat like a snake.
***Arisaema triphyllum, Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Has a spadix that is covered with a hood. Eating flower is a horrible experience. Looks like poison ivy
***Green Dragon Arisaema dracontium Arum family (Araceae)
Strange relative of the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Looks like a Palm tree, has red berries and the end of the pulpit turnes red to attract insects.
***Opuntia phaeacantha Prickly Pear Cactus
Can survive harsh winters and extremely hot summers
***Shooting Star Dodecatheon meadia Primulaceae (Primrose family)
One of the most beautiful prairie wildflowers.
***Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides)
***Bluebells ***Hen And Chicken