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Juan Diouf

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I think there's a direct correlation between how cool a plant looks and how quickly it goes extinct. You never see shrubs disappearing. Number five is the Western Underground Orchid. The rhizanthella gardneri, or Western Underground Orchid,

is such a rare plant that its precises locations ae actually kept secret from the public in an effort to keep their numbers from decreasing any faster than the rate that they already are. Native to the wester Australia outback, these beautiful orchids are actually classified as a parasite.

Hmm, sounds like the same classification of some of the women in Hollywood. It spends its entire life cycle submerged under the soil, surviving by leaching nutrients from a fungus that grows on the roots of broom bush instead of through photosynthesis as normal orchids do.

Considered to be critically endangered, these mysterious plants are truly bizarre, making them desirable to many. To date, it's estimated that there are only around 50 of them in five locations, under the soils in Australia. Okay, hold up, if these things are underground, how do we really know that they're disappearing? There could be many, kind of like Ninja Turtles.

Number four is the Ascension Island Parsley Fern. Unique to Ascension Island, a volcanic land mass in the South Atlantic Ocean, the Ascension Island Parsley Fern can only be found on the steep slopes of Green Mountian. First recorded in 1842, these small ferns feature yellow-green leaves that resemble parsley.

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