10 most redkotsvetuschih plants
While many plants bloom profusely every year, and during all seasons of the year, while others play for time to flowering. Some do not bloom for years and even centuries, making the bloom in an event that occurs once in a lifetime.
The plant is eaten by sheep
This plant is so named for good reason - it really is a killer of animals! It throws out the monstrous, three-meter-flowers in the form of clubs, which attract the sheep and other animals. Animals, hitting the spikes will eventually die from starvation or omissions. Some believe that the plant is eaten by sheep (known as Puya chilensis) has developed this skill to use rotting carcasses and receive nutrients.
And if you think that this plant will be a great way to protect your lawn from dogs, you have to reconsider its decision, since it grows slowly and blooms once every 15-20 years.
Madagascar Palm (Tahina spectabilis) grows to an enormous size, dies after fruiting and flowering only once - after the 100th anniversary. What makes this tree is particularly unique, it was discovered only in 2008. Prior to that, probably due to the fact that palm bloomed very rare, no one noticed that the tree is distinguished from other trees. Wood has a surprisingly similar characteristics with palm trees, found in Asia (approx. 6000 km), which has led some scientists to believe that there were palm trees in Madagascar since the island split from India about 80 million years ago.
Despite the fact that thousands of seeds were collected after the detection of a tree, and a handful of them were sent to the botanical gardens, nature remains less than 100 Madagascan palm trees.
The queen of the night
In comparison with other plants in this list, the queen of the night (Selenicereus grandiflorus-Selenicereus grandiflorus) quickly rastsvetaet- almost a year. Nevertheless, even catch a glimpse of the cactus flower is difficult because it mainly grows in the deserts of Sonora and Chihuahua and blooms only at night.
Despite its attractive white and yellow flowers, cactus few scares with their long, tentacular stems that cling to whatever is nearby, and given that the plant can grow up to 12 meters in length, it is clear that you can catch over a lot.
campion angustifolia (Silene stenophylla) is something of a black sheep in this list because it usually blooms every summer. However, there was one particular Silene angustifolia, which took more than 30 000 years before blossom, so, of course, this flower can be classified as redkotsvetuschy.
So, because of which was delayed? As it turns out, the plant is stuck in the form of seeds in the Siberian permafrost since the Ice Age. Biologists have found it in fossilized squirrel burrow and, after radiocarbon studies showed it to age 31 800 years, rose and began to grow. Ice Age plant looks remarkably similar to a modern look campion, with only minor differences in the seeds, roots and buds.
Scientists have discovered hundreds of thousands of well-preserved seeds and nuts in a hole and would like to see what other prehistoric treasures show up in the thawing earth. However, the hype surrounding the results of several bedrooms, as the melting of the permafrost is a constant reminder of the climate change.
When the blooms bush Kurindzhi purple and blue flowers cover the whole plant. It adorns the slopes of the Western Ghats in South India, and this species is so impressive that the Nilgiri mountain range (which translates as "Blue Mountain") was named after this phenomenon. Unfortunately, Kurindzhi sparingly on the abundant flowering, bushes and blooms only once in 12 years. However, the cycle of flowering shrub that is very clear, say that the indigenous tribes Palia used the plant to keep track of your age.
Unfortunately, Kurindzhi is under threat due to the development of the construction, although environmental groups are working on the protection of this unique plant.
Although it is sometimes called "century plant" - a cycle of flowering American Agave is 10 years. It is a common ornamental plant that is grown all over the world, and it is likely that you have seen, as it grows in the garden or in someone's yard. In fact, you may have confused it with the aloe plant, because when agave is not in bloom, these two plants look very similar. However, when the agave in bloom, you are nothing of the sort had ever seen (except, perhaps, in the book of Dr. Seuss), as it throws up to eight meters tall stalk with branches on the edges of which are collected in inflorescence of yellow flowers.
In addition to hilarious species Agave American also cultivated for food, antiseptics and juice.
The Queen of the Andes
The Queen of the Andes (Puya raimondii) always prevents the growth of other vegetation of the Andes, but when it finally blossoms (over 80-150 years), it grows up to 12 meters in height and really looks like a super plant. Surprisingly, it is growing so far in regions with harsh climates and at high altitudes, that it seems impossible for any other flowering plants. During flowering, the Queen of the Andes, throws up a spike with seeds, which grow thousands of white, green and purple colors. After the spike resets the millions of seeds, the plant dies.
Due to livestock grazing, burning and other factors reduced the population of this plant throughout Peru and Bolivia.
Melocanna baciffera is a species of bamboo, which is a large piece of bamboo in India. It blooms every 44 - 48 years old, and no doubt the locals would like to see the interval was longer. Why are they afraid of flowering and appearance of seeds? Well attached to these flowers are large fruits contain copious amounts of seeds that attract rodents. So what should be a magnificent spectacle of nature becomes in the invasion of black rats. It is so serious that the Indians have even invented a name for this event -Mautam (bamboo death).
Apart from the fact that rats carry disease, they create another serious problem -golod. This is due to the fact that destroying the bamboo seeds, the rats also destroy stockpiles human granaries.
Tallipotovaya palm is another giant plant, in comparison with other palm trees, which grow up to 25 meters tall and has a trunk diameter of one meter. In addition, it branched inflorescence is six to eight meters in height - more than any of the plants. Excessive patience necessary to see this tree in bloom, because it blooms only once between the ages of 30 to 80 years. However, it becomes more bitter, seeing the flowering, as this means that the life of trees coming to an end. Palma spends all his energy for the production of fruit the size of a golf ball that is falling rain down hundreds of thousands of palm trees in front of death. Tallipotovaya palm is the national tree of Sri Lanka and it is grown for a variety of commodities, including wood, straw and buttons (made from the seeds).
Giant Himalayan Lily
Himalayas in general, seem to have magical qualities, and the giant Himalayan lily (Cardiocrinum giganteum) lives there is no exception. Most of her life, she grows like a modest cluster of glossy leaves, but after five or seven years, the plant mysteriously grows to three meters and produces subtle gift, trumpet-shaped flowers.
It is the largest of all species of lilies and naturally grows in the highlands of northern India to Japan. However, the researchers found a flower in the middle of the 1800s, and since then, patient gardeners succeeded in growing the plants in different climatic conditions.