Mystery plant

wrf1 I just saw this very strange plant in my neighborhood. It’s around five feet tall, with red flowers on top and leaves coming out of its very wide stem. The owner of the plant doesn’t know its name. It wasn’t planted intentionally; it just grew on the property. I tried in vain searching the internet for its name. Please leave a reply if you know what it’s called.

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Botanica Magnifica

(Originally posted at on September 1, 2011 9:57 AM)

I first learned about Botanica Magnifica from a July/August 2008 issue of the magazine Fine Books & Collections that I bought at a BOOKSALE a few years ago. I used to think pictures of flowers were quite boring until I saw the photographs in this book.  The pictures from left to right show a Passiflora quadrangularis, a Gloriosa superba, and a Cynara scolymus.  (I got the graphics from here using screen captures.)  The book was originally published as a five-volume set with a double-elephant folio book size, and its second copy sold for US$2.5 million before it was completely printed (making it the most expensive new book at the time).