Among the ‘plant parent’ community, we’re noticing a creeping trend of collecting odd-looking plants − some of which almost resemble alien-like creatures. Indeed, if the plant kingdom is the fashion world, these varieties are as mystifying as a Rick Owens’ creation or a pair of sandals that just stepped out of the “ugly” shoe trend.
Some of these otherworldly plant types include caudiciform plants. Colloquially referred to as “fat plants”, these are characterised by the presence of a caudex − thick, bulbous stems that sit above ground. Another category of plants that will gel with this particular group of ‘plant parents’ is succulents − striking plants with parts that are fleshy and engorged to retain water.
“I think the trend of collecting such exotics plants will stick,” observes caudiciform plant enthusiast Tim Shi. “Many are beautiful and rare species, difficult to find in many habitats. Fortunately, some nurseries and collectors successfully grow and maintain small numbers of these gorgeous species.”
Meet these friendly plant mums and dads with a love for these strange plants.