81 Times People Had No Clue What Plant They Were Looking At, But The Internet Knew What It Was Right Away

Whatever you’re looking for out there in this big world, it must be on the internet. Even if you don’t even know the thing yourself, and in that case, the chances are you end up on Reddit.

It’s basically an online home of detectives who will use their joint effort to come up with a solid explanation for what is an object that you have no clue about. Known as r/Whatisthisthing, this community has 2M members and they help others with not necessarily the “why” but with the “what.” Read our previous posts about it here, here and here.

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And then, there’s this similarly awesome corner of Reddit with a botanical twist of hard-to-identify objects. Welcome to r/Whatsthisplant, a community of people created to identify plants that visitors submit. And let me tell you, this is one hell of a floral encyclopedia you never knew you needed. Scroll down through the best posts of mysterious plants explained and be sure to hit upvote on your favorite ones!

#1 What A Beautiful…?? What Is This


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#2 Found This Growing Voluntarily Over My Dog’s Grave

Spring beauty (Claytonia virginica)

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#3 What Is This Alien Looking Flower?

Puya bromeliad

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#4 What’s This Trippy Fella Called?

Cercis canadensis The Rising Sun Eastern Redbud

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#5 What’s This Curly Cactus?

Cereus forbesii cv Spiralis

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#6 Beautiful Picture My Friend Sent Me To Identify

Santa Rita prickly pear

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#7 From The Japanese Garden In Singapore

Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

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#8 What Flower Is This? Found On Facebook With No Context

Geum Reptans rose

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#9 Very General White Flowers. All Help Is Appreciated!

Saxifraga Arendsii

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#10 Found In Holland, Mi. It’s Adorable Whatever It Is!

Chinese lanterns

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#11 Found In Ventura, Ca. Anyone Know What This Is?

Geraldton Carnationweed, Carnation Spurge (Euphorbia terracina)

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#12 So I Found These Little Fluffballs. Not Sure What They’re Called! Location: Somewhere In Nunavut

Cotton grass, aka tundra cotton

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#13 My Sister’s Boyfriend Gave Her This Flower

Ornamental cabbage

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#14 What Kind Of Tree Is This?


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#15 Central Florida

Manihot grahamii (Hardy Tapioca)

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#16 What Are These Beach Flowers? Ignore The Elephant Seal

Ice plant

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#17 What Are These Flowers?

They are salvia but the cat is wildly distracting

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#18 What Is This Satisfying Succulent?

Ice plant (Corpuscularia lehmannii)

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#19 This Albino Plant In My Backyard. What Is It? And Have You Ever Seen An Albino Plant Before?


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#20 What’s This Bush?

Cotinus, aka smoke bush

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#21 What’s This Majestic Tree? (Must Be A Zillion Years Old?!)

Sterculia apetala

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#22 What Is This Whimsical Little Vine In Atlanta?

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, “porcelain berry” or “Amur peppervine”

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#23 My Friends Parents Have A Red Rose Bush Where On One Particular Branch It Blooms These Beauties

Chimera Rose

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#24 Seen In Santa Monica, Ca. I Couldn’t Get Any Closer But It Looks Gorgeous!!


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#25 What Are These Small White Flowers?

Avalanche Lilies

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#26 What Is This Plant Object Found In Commercial Chickpea Can?

Cocklebur (Xanthium), which is toxic.

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#27 Unusual Cacti

Crested Mexican Fencepost Cactus, Pachycereus marginatus f. cristata

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#28 Moved To A New House This Winter And This Beauty Is Welcoming The Spring. Portland, Oregon

Pink Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida var. rubra

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#29 Found A Squash(?) Growing In Our Apartment Garden Area. Husband For Scale

It’s known as various names such as Opo, Bottle Gourd and Calabash, Lagenaria siceraria.

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#30 Random Plant That Has Shown Up In My Garden For The First Time


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#31 Would Like Know What Plant Makes These Flowers

Camellia japonica ‘pink perfection’

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#32 My So’s Mother Has This Magnificent Plant, But She Couldn’t Identify It. Can Anyone Help

Fiddle Leaf Fig

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#33 I Guess I Don’t Really Care What It Is Just Saw This On My Hike And Thought It Looked Cool!

Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

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#34 Left On Our Balcony By Previous Tenants – I Love The Colours! Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Desert rose. Adenium obesum

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#35 Tree In India

Fishtail Palm

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#36 Found Online But I’m Curious To Know Which Plant Makes These Leaves

Jack’s Giant or Thailand Giant

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#37 I’m Obsessed With The Color Of This Tree. Would Love To Know What It Is For When I Become A Homeowner!

Orange Azalea cultivar

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#38 Saw This Beauty Dropping My Kid Off On The First Day Is School. What Is This Tree Called. She’s Stunning

Golden dewdrop, Duranta erecta

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#39 What Is This Fruit/Vegetable?

Perfume Wax Apple

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#40 Seen At Huntington Botanical Gardens And I Was Sort Of Hypnotized By The Geometry

Colletia paradoxa, The Anchor Plant

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#41 This Is Robert, My Dad’s Other Pride And Joy. He Was Grown From A Cutting My Dad Made When He Moved In About 3 Years Ago

Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia

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#42 What Plant Is This, Street In Jerez, Spain

Those are common grape vines, Vitis vinifera.

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#43 Apparently It’s A Fern!

Cyrtomium falcatum rochefordianum

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#44 No Idea What It Is, Vietnam

Ghost’s foot (Trevesia burckii)

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#45 Translucent Blue And Green Succulent (That I Have Never Seen Before)

Haworthia cooperi, Cooper’s Haworthia

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#46 Bright Purple Berries I Saw In Someone’s Front Yard. Se Pennsylvania 7a

Beautyberry, Callicarpa.


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#47 What’s The Name Of This Unusual Cactus?

Crusted Mammilaria mystax

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#48 Can Someone Identify This Tree From The Biome At The Eden Project?? (Glasshouse UK)

African Corkwood Tree

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#49 Wild Flower Found In The Mountain Area Of Central Chile

Chilean nasturtium

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#50 Found In Florida, Appears To Be From Whoville, What Is This Tree?

Ponytail palm, Beaucarnea recurvata

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#51 Mandala Looking Plant, Found The Picture Online, No Results With Tineye

Oxalis palmifrons

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#52 This Beautiful Two Toned Rose In My Garden. I Have Never Seen This Before

Rose Joseph’s Coat

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#53 Anyone Know This One?

Echeveria bloom

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#54 Brought This Cactus A Couple Of Months Ago… Is This Normal? The Flower Is Hairy And Is Killing It By Its Size

Stapelia grandiflora

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#55 Help

Spiral Aloe, Aloe polyphylla

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#56 What Is This Beautiful Tree?

Rainbow Eucalyptus

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#57 Can Anyone Tell Me What Is The Name Of This Beautiful Birdlike Plant?

Cyanotis tuberosa, Greater Cat Ears or Dew Grass

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#58 6’ + Gorgeous Mystery Flower!

Double hollyhock

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#59 What Is This Plant? My Friend Ate One Of The Red Pods And I’m Concerned

Possibly cycad seed pod. I think your friend should go see a doctor.

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#60 Purple And Blue, Six Petals


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#61 This Flower In South Australia?? Please And Thanks!


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#62 What Are These? The Devils Testicles? I Stepped On One With My Bare Heel And My Life Flashed Before My Eyes

Sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua seed pods.

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#63 This Cactus I Have That Bloomed Last Year And Now This Year

Easter Lily Cactus – Echinopsis oxygona


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#64 These Guys Pop Up Once A Year Under My Garden Hose (Pnw)


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#65 Had This Little Cactus Since He Was Just One Arm. He’s So Happy Now He Has The Most Beautiful Flower I’ve Ever Seen! What Is He?

Life Saver plant, Huernia zebrina

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#66 I Don’t Know The Name Of This Plant But I Absolutely Love It

Monstera Standleyana

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#67 First Time Seeing This, Any Ideas?

Boophone haemanthoides, Namaqua Century Plant

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#68 Found In A Park In Qatar (Image From Google Street View)

Toborochi Tree

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#69 This Dude At A Calloway’s

Air plant, part of a group of plants called epiphytes

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#70 My School’s Greenhouse Is A Goldmine

Tillandsia Duratii

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#71 Twisty Trees In Golden Gate Park

Leptospermum laevigatum, the coastal tea tree

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#72 Who Is She???

Sedum Cherry Tart

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#73 My Grandson Wants To Know What This Plant Is – Hope You Can Help, Thanks

Echium candicans, Pride of Maderia


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#74 Wildflower On A Countryside Trail In Daylesford, Australia

Forget me nots

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#75 Found In Rockville Md, Deep Orange Color

Cytisus ‘Lena’ (Broom)

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#76 Didn’t Know My San Pedro Cactus Had Flowers

That’s a Cereus Peruvianus, Peruvian Apple cactus, not a San Pedro


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#77 My Aunt Sent Me This Picture, Any Clue What It Is?

Anelsonia eurycarpa, Daggerpod

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#78 Found This Beautifully Designed Plant In My University In Malaysia. Would Like To Know What Is It And What’s The Process Used To Make It This Way

Ficus benjamima

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#79 A Flower I Took From My Great Grandpas House After He Died, Just Started Flowering Again


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#80 Found In A Walk In Keystone Colorado

Sugar pine cone


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#81 Biggest Leaf I’ve Ever Seen! Lancaster, Pa, USA

Princess Tree – Paulownia tomentosa

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