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Top 10 Interesting Flower Facts (that will blow your mind!)

Throughout history, humankind has been entwined with plant life, be that ferns or trees. However, humanity has always had an immense fascination with flowers. Many cultures use flowers to represent a variety of things, from wealth to love and even grief. Many cultures have found medicinal value in flowers as well, many of which have helped aid humanity in battling diseases and bacterial issues. Flowers are one of nature’s most beautiful creations and one of the deadliest creations in certain species. Here are the Top 10 Interesting Flower Facts that you probably knew nothing about.

World’s Oddest Flowers

1) The world’s smelliest flower is native to the Sumatran jungles. Its name is the
Corpse Flower due to the putrid stench its flower produces. Many people who have seen one, either in the wild or in botanical exhibits, claim it smells sickly sweet like rotting meat or a corpse. This scent attracts flies and other smell-loving insects to come to check out the plant, thus allowing for pollination to occur from the curiosity of the bugs as they travel from corpse flower to corpse flower. In addition to the corpse flower is the world’s most smelly flower, it is also said to be the world’s largest flower with a massive flower that stands over 3 meters tall, nearly 9ft tall in fully-grown specimens.

2) A species of flower that emits a clear and colorless gas on warm evenings is called a Gas Plant. These species only produce this gas at night and many people believe this gas, in a large enough volume, is ignitable. This could also explain spontaneous fires in woodland locations.

3) Moonflowers are another interesting and odd flower. Most plants need the light of the sun to bloom as they need the energy produced by the sun to bloom. The Moonflower only blooms under a full moon in the dead of night. The Moonflower does this to allow moths and other nighttime pollinators to carry off its pollen to hopefully another moon plant to allow for pollination to occur.

Historical Flowers

4) In Roman times, the word for a sword was “gladius.” An ancient roman botanist was enthralled by the look of a bloom on a flower that resembled a sword and named the flower “gladiolus.” This is how we have the name Gladiolus for that flower.
5) Many cultures around the globe are passionate about lotus flowers, but none like the ancient Egyptians who referred to the lotus as a sacred flower. The ancient Egyptians would bury their dead with the lotus, which symbolized to them resurrection. This comes from the fact the lotus remains dormant for many years until a good rainfall happened, then they would bloom, seemingly coming back to life.
6) In the Netherlands, Tulips are grown to export to the rest of the world, and they produce nearly 3 billion individual plants for sale. But the amount of money the Netherlands pulls in each year from the Tulip harvest pales in comparison to what they were worth in the 17th century when the bulbs were sold for roughly $2000 each!

World’s Largest Flowers

7) Who does not love a good massive sunflower? Their bright yellow petals and seed-filled heads have been lovingly gifted to people for centuries. The neat thing about them, however is that they follow the suns positioning as it rises and inevitably sets in the evening by tilting the flower heard to face the sun. If you watch a patch of sunflowers on a time-lapse video, this head shifting is very noticeable and honestly a little eerie.

8) A Century Plant gets its name for how incredibly long-lived specimens of this species can live with some exceeding 150 years in age. Their flower, a singular flower, only blooms once and usually only after the plant has reached over a hundred years old. The century plant will produce a massive flower spike that can extend nearly the height of a telephone pole then blooms. Unfortunately, the plant will die after blooming. But before it fully dies off, it will produce little offshoots of new plants called pups to continue its genes along.

The Largest Flower Family

9) Flowers have not always existed; leafy plants evolved before flowers did. The oldest flower on record, now dubbed “The Mother of All Flowers,” was found in China. This flower had bloomed then became fossilized nearly 125 million years ago. This fossil was detrimental to the study of flowers as it showed how flowers were back in ancient times.

10) Horticulturists and botanists both agree that there are more than 2700,000 species of flowers out there, with more to be found. Out of all those species, around 35,000 species of roses exist, making up one of the largest groups of flowers on the globe. A person could give a different species of rose to someone each day for 95 years without ever giving the same rose to the other person.

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