Some plants are very pleasant to look at, like most flowers. The bright colors and pleasant smells can instantly brighten a person’s mood. However, Mother Nature also has a taste for the horror. These plants will certainly give you nightmares.
Bleeding Tooth Fungus
Avert your eyes, because this plant definitely looks like it came straight out of a bad 80’s horror movie. The Bleeding Tooth Fungus is mainly found in North America and Europe, however, it has also been discovered in parts of Asia. The shape of each fungus varies, but they all “bleed” a bright red fluid that contains anticoagulant properties. Due to its appearance, it has also been given names such as the bleeding Hydnellum, the red-juice tooth, and the Devil’s tooth.
Good thing the appearance of the Doll’s Eye plant is scary because if ingested it is lethal. Found mainly in the United States and Canada, the berries on this plant, the white baneberry, contain toxins that have an immediate sedative effect on the cardiac muscle tissue.
The Octopus Stinkhorn looks so horrifying that its other nickname is Devil’s Fingers. Therefore, you may want to stay away if you ever come across one in Australia or New Zealand. The fungus has 4-7 elongated arms. As the arms unfold a pinkish-red interior covered with spores is revealed. It is said that in maturity the plants smells like rotting flesh.
The Hydnora Africana is found in Southern Africa. However, if the similarity to the heads of one of Ridley Scott’s Aliens is not scary enough to keep you away, the smell will. The plant grows underground, except for the flower which emerges above ground and has been reported to smell like feces. The odor is emitted to attract pollinators such as dung beetles. The flower traps a pollinator inside so it is guaranteed to pick up pollen. Below ground, the Hydronora Africana grows a fruit that is similar in taste and texture to a potato.