Antirrhinum is a genus of plants commonly known as snapdragons or dragon flowers, from the flowers’ fancied resemblance to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed. They are native to rocky areas of Europe, the United States, and North Africa.
Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants.
Known to the Aztecs as huauhtli, it is thought to have represented up to 80% of their caloric consumption before the conquest. Another important use of amaranth throughout Mesoamerica was to prepare ritual drinks and foods.
Because of its importance as a symbol of indigenous culture, its gluten-free palatability, ease of cooking, and a protein that is particularly well-suited to human nutritional needs, interest in grain amaranth revived in the 1970s. It was recovered in Mexico from wild varieties and is now commercially cultivated. It is a popular snack sold in Mexico, sometimes mixed with chocolate or puffed rice, and its use has spread to Europe and parts of North America.
Although several species are often considered weeds, people around the world value amaranths as leaf vegetables, cereals, and ornamental plants. The root of mature amaranth is a popular vegetable. It is white and cooked with tomatoes or tamarind gravy. It has a milky taste and is alkaline. In China, the leaves and stems are used as a stir-fry vegetable, or in soups. A traditional food plant in Africa, amaranth has the potential to improve nutrition.
Amaranth greens are a common leaf vegetable throughout the tropics and in many warm temperate regions. Amaranth seeds contain lysine, an essential amino acid, limited in other grains or plant sources. Amaranth may be a promising source of protein to those who are gluten sensitive, because unlike the protein found in grains such as wheat and rye, its protein does not contain gluten.
Hydnora africana is an plant native to southern Africa that is parasitic on the roots of members of the Euphorbiaceae family. The plant grows underground, except for a fleshy flower that emerges above ground and emits an odor of feces to attract its natural pollinators, dung beetles, and carrion beetles. The flowers act as traps for a brief period retaining the beetles that enter, then releasing them when the flower is fully opened.
The plant body is completely leafless, void of chlorophyll and is brown-grey. As it ages, the plant turns dark grey to black. A network of thick rhizophores or subterranean stems and roots traverse the soil around the host plant.
Plants only become visible when the flowers protrude through the soil after good rains have fallen. Under favourable conditions it takes at least one year for a bud to develop into a mature flower.
Fully grown, ripe fruits of Hydnora africana may measure up to 80 mm across and contain up to 20 000 seeds per fruit. The brown pinhead-sized seeds are embedded in an edible gelatinous pulp with a slightly sweet and starchy taste. These fruits are favoured by mammals such as porcupines, moles, baboons, jackal and also birds.
Hydnora africana is found from the western coastal areas of Namibia, southwards to the Cape and then northwards throughout Swaziland, Botswana, KwaZulu-Natal and as far as Ethiopia.
Is this a flower or something else?
Erotic tulips (tulipa erotica)
Perhaps that is why women like flowers
Pictures from http://narley.net/natural-erotic/
“Flowers are erotic in nature. How could it be otherwise?”
Marcelina Martin, photographer (http://www.marcelinamartin.com/index11.html)
Nature has a dirty mind (by shaylinn http://shaylinn.deviantart.com/art/Nature-has-a-dirty-mind-85013016)
Another very erotic flower from http://www.flickr.com/photos/47598562@N08/4803785472/in/pool-380643@N20/
Penis – cactus by photographer freejay3 (www.flickr.com/photos/freejay3/)
Long dirty cactus
Sexy cockius cactius by Jam E (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamblam/840030920/in/pool-380643@N20/)
Erotic Nature has a message for us
And now look at a Breast cactus