It doesn't have roots or leaves, and unlike almost any other plant, it can't photosynthesize. In order to survive, it needs to suck the juice straight out of another plant. But it's not as simple as just landing in a tree and sinking its fangs in -- like any vampire, it has to hunt down its victims, a difficult prospect for any flora. If plants made monster movies, this would be the villain.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement But for the dodder vine, it really ain't no thing. Lab tests show the dodder can smell specific other plants and then grow in their direction. The dodder has such a keen sense of "smell" that it can also differentiate between a good host and a bad one. Once it slithers itself around an appropriate victim, it wraps itself tight and presses special feeding nodes against the doomed victim until they pierce the juicy flesh. We don't know about you, but none of us are going to spend too much time standing in one place from now on.
That tree could just as easily be your throat. You can threaten a plant with a chainsaw and it won't even flinch, no matter the horror that it might feel deep down. Or at least that's what you thought. Actually, there are quite a few plants that move around with some surprising speed.
None can get up and walk away at least none that we know about , but the telegraph plant or dancing plant throws everything you think you knew about plant mobility out the window. Each of its leaves is mounted on a tiny hinge , and it actually twitches and moves around like the Whomping Willow from Harry Potter. But the fastest plants use their lightning speed to spread their pollen around. The trigger plant will actually fire its pollen at a nearby insect's face like it's trying out for a low-budget porno.
This plant sperm trebuchet launches its attack 15 milliseconds after it's triggered and hits with enough force to stun the insect. Yes, it physically staggers and disorients insects with a blast from its reproductive organs.
In other words, it can blast a load in your face before you realize it has the hots for you. Continue Reading Below Advertisement And yet that isn't nearly the most powerful moneyshot in the world. The mulberry tree launches its pollen at over half the speed of sound nearly mph. But the title of "fastest plant" goes to the bunchberry dogwood tree.
It launches its pollen in under one millisecond. Almost nothing in the animal kingdom moves faster. The plant accelerates its launching mechanism at 2, times the force of gravity, or about times what an astronaut might experience during liftoff.
Not bad for a plant semen cannon. The plant gives out nectar, and in return, the insect pollinates the plant. But what happens if the bug doesn't live up to its side of the bargain? What's the plant going to do about it? Ask him to leave? The bugs pretty much get the sweet end of this deal.
They get to eat for free, and maybe they'll deliver some pollen Fig trees don't take that kind of thing lying down. Rosio Pavoris They take it hanging down. Fig trees have a partnership with a particular wasp called a fig wasp. The wasp needs the plant because it needs food, and it lays its eggs in the fruit.
In exchange, the wasp is expected to pollinate that fruit while it's there so the tree can reproduce. Fig trees can't reproduce without the wasps, wasps can't live without the tree. But that brings us back to the old problem: What if a particular wasp just doesn't give a shit?
He eats the fruit and does whatever he wants, right?