6 oddly shaped plants that look like animals

Nature never ceases to amaze us. There really are plants of all shapes and colors. Today we are interested in these desert plants that can easily be grown in containers in our homes and that have unusual shapes that resemble certain animals. Here is a list of 6 oddly shaped plants that look like animals.

1) Unicorn cactus

Known as Cereus peruvianus Tortuosus, this plant is a spiral-shaped cactus that resembles the horn of this legendary animal. It originates from Brazil, grows well in a bright interior, but remains quite expensive.

Cereus peruvianus Tortuosus
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2) Starfish

The Dyckia and Puja are funny bromeliads whose leaves stretch and open like starfish branches. They are ideal plants for interiors with dry air.

Dyckia
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3) Thousands of caterpillars

Don’t panic, this rather unusual plant does not actually produce caterpillars. Mammillaria elongata ‘Cristata’ is a cactus whose stems intertwine like curlers. This gives the impression that dozens of caterpillars are swarming in the container. It is one of the few cacti that does not bloom.

Mammillaria elongata
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4) Mammoth teeth

If you didn’t know what mammoth teeth look like, here’s an overview of the plant. We found Haworthia truncata in the deserts of South Africa. In containers, mammoth tooth leaves grow outward, but in the natural environment the leaves live underground.

Haworthia truncata
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5) Herring bone

Ripsalis is a cactus that is not found in deserts, but in South American forests. The stunning shape of its stems resembles fish bones falling downwards.

Ripsalis
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6) Green coral

It’s not an aquatic plant, but it iseuphorbia echinus crestata is a cactus that strongly resembles coral. Many cacti and succulents accept this form. These are plants with mutated cristae. They need a lot of sun.

Euphorbia echinus crestata
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