Top Ten Scariest Plants and Fungi

These plants and fungi have either a scary ability or a terrifying appearence (or maybe both)

The Top Ten

1 Gympie Gympie

Gympie gympie (Dendrocnide moroides) is a species of stinging tree found in the rainforests of north east Australia

It doesn't look really scary, but it's known as the most painful plant. Touch it lightly and you'll feel burning sensation, aching joints, and swelling under the armpits. The pain can last for weeks and even months. It's also known as the suicide plant, as it has driven some people that got stung by it to suicide. Scary, right? - FireWasp2004

2 Manchineel

Machineel (Hippomane mancinella) is a species of flowering plant native to tropical southern North America and northern South America

The sap irritates skin and can damage paint on cars, the fruit is very poisonous, and the smoke produced when the tree is burned can blind you. Don't mess around with this tree - FireWasp2004

3 Bleeding Tooth Bleeding Tooth

This will be disturbing with people who have Trypophobia (fear of holes) - wrests

Also known as strawberry and cream, red-juice tooth, or devil's tooth. Bleeding tooth (Hydnellum peckii) is a species of fungus found in North America, Europe, Iran, and Korea

This "bleeding" fungus creeped the heck out of me on the first time seeing it. But now I don't think it's scary at all. In fact, I think it looks like a cake covered with whipped cream and strawberry jam...yum... (it's inedible though) - FireWasp2004

4 Honey Locust

Honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) is a species of deciduous tree native to central North America

One terrifying-looking plant. This tree is LITERALLY covered with long thorns (some of the thorns can be longer than 20cm! ) - FireWasp2004

5 Doll's Eyes

Also known as white baneberry. Doll's eyes (Actaea pachypoda) is a species of flowering plant native to eastern North America, in eastern Canada, and the Midwestern and Eastern United States

The white fruit has a black stigma scar in the middle, which makes it look like an eyeball hanging from a branch. Perfect for your Halloween garden! - FireWasp2004

6 Cordyceps Cordyceps

Cordyceps is a genus of ascomycete fungi with about 400 species

Cordyceps fungi (and former Cordyceps fungi) can infect insects and other arthropods. And some of them can control the host's behavior before killing them! The Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (formerly Cordyceps unilateralis) causes ants to climb a plant and attach there before they die. Creepy! - FireWasp2004

7 Devil's Claw

Devil's claw (Proboscidae) is a genus of plants

Its seed pod has long hooks which allows it to attach onto animals and humans - FireWasp2004

8 Crown of Thorns

Crown of thorns (Euphorbia milli) is a species of flowering plant native to Madagascar

This succelent climbing shrub is very spiny. But it's quite beautiful (I have some in my garden) - FireWasp2004

9 Venus Flytrap Venus Flytrap

Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is a species of carnivorous plant native to subtropical wetlands on the East Coast of the United States in North Carolina and South Carolina

This widely-known carnivorous plant has mouth-like leaves with hairs in it. If an insect lands on the leaf and touches on of the hairs, the leaf will instantly close, trapping the insect inside. The insect will be digested by enzymes - FireWasp2004

10 Brain Mushroom

Also known as false morel. Brain mushroom (Gyromitra esculenta) is a species of fungus found across Europe and North America

The shape of the fruit body makes it look like a brain on the ground. This fungus can be deadly, but it's a popular delicacy in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the upper Great Lakes region of North America - FireWasp2004

The Contenders

11 Valley Fever
12 Aspergillus
13 Candida Albicans
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