Most of us consider ourselves fortunate when a sprout at the very least grows from the soil when we plant our own plants. But let’s take a look at some of the biggest plants that grow on this earth.
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8. Giant Pumpkins
You can purchase a pumpkin all sorts of sizes, whether they be mini pumpkins, regular medium pumpkins, and the monster of them all–the giant pumpkin. Pumpkins, a type of winter squash, get characterized by their usual orange color and ribbed skin. During the fall, you see pumpkins everywhere if you live in the United States or Canada, as pumpkin may be incorporated as a popular flavor in drinks and desserts, and even decoration. The biggest pumpkins can weigh more than 1,000 to 2,000 pounds.
7. Baobab Tree
These types of trees thrive in the landscapes of Australia, Arabia, Madagascar, and mainland Africa. The term “baobab” includes 9 different species of trees, all known to reach tall heights, ranging from 16 feet or 5 meters to 98 feet or 30 meters tall. Sometimes, the ones that don’t grow to be as tall may still have wide trunks, with diameters between 23 to 26 feet or 7 to 11 meters wide. Inside their trunks, these baobab trees can store up to 32,000 US gallons or 120,000 liters of water, their fruits close to the size of a coconut.
6. Neptune Grass
In scientific terms, you’d call Neptune grass Posidonia oceanica, and either way this seagrass sounds really cool. This species lives endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, found at depths of 114.8 feet or 35 meters at the deepest. From the shore, you may even see a ball of dried up Neptune grass washed up from the ocean, a lot like tumbleweed. You can only find this species in the Mediterranean, taking up a surface area of 15,000 square miles or 38,000 square kilometers. This grass can grow up to 4.9 feet or 1.5 meters long.
5. Lily Pads
One of the biggest lily pads thrive in in the Salado River in Paraguay, a popular tourist destination for people who want a glimpse of the huge victoria plants on the water–water lilies that grow large green leaves. The largest of this type of leaf can be up to 9.8 feet or 3 meters in diameter, with their stalks as long as 26 feet or 8 meters. One species is endemic to the Amazon River basin, while the other can be found in the Parana-Paraguay basin, slightly smaller than its amazonian cousin. The pads sit over the surface of the river, named after Queen Victoria.
4. Rafflesia Arnoldii
The largest individual flower in the world lives in the rainforests of Sumatra, belonging to a parasitic genus. Unlike the titan arum, which is a collection of individual flowers, the Rafflesia arnoldii grows on its own. The flower, named after British botanist Joseph Arnold, was first discovered during the 18th century. It grows to 3 feet or 1 meter in diameter, with the largest specimen ever found measuring to 3.4 feet or 105 centimeters. In Indonesia, the country recognized it as the national rare flower, one of three national flowers alongside the moon orchid and the white jasmine.
3. The Talipot Plant
It takes as much as 60 years for the talipot palm to grow fruit and flowers, and it flowers only once. The largest ever found was 82 feet or 25 meters tall with a stem diameter or 4.3 feet or 1.3 meters. People cultivate this plant in Sri Lanka and South India, its leaves used for thatching. It has one of the largest inflorescence in the world, consisting of up to a couple million small flowers on a branch stalk.
2. Giant Sequoias
Experts list the giant sequoias as the largest living thing in the world by volume, as well as the largest lone tree ever. Giant sequoias only grow naturally in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. The oldest sequoia ever found had a ring count of 3,500 years–though most sequoias belong as some of the oldest living organisms in the world. Interestingly, they might have reached such heights and lifespan due to their fire resistant bark.