Nature never ceases to amaze us. There are indeed plants of all shapes and colors. Today, we are interested in these plants native to the desert that can easily be grown in pots inside our homes and which have the particularity of having unusual shapes that can recall certain animals. Here is a list of 6 oddly shaped plants that look like animals.


  • 1) The unicorn cactus
  • 2) Starfish
  • 3) Thousands of caterpillars
  • 4) Mammoth teeth
  • 5) The fishbone
  • 6) Green coral

1) The unicorn cactus

Known as Cereus peruvianus Tortuosus , this plant is a spiral-shaped cactus reminiscent of the horn of this legendary animal. Native to Brazil, it grows well in a bright interior, but it remains quite expensive.

Cereus peruvianus Tortuosus
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2) Starfish

Dyckia  and  Puya are  funny bromeliads whose leaves stretch and uncurl like the branches of a starfish. They are ideal plants for interiors with dry air.

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3) Thousands of caterpillars

Do not 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 pot. It is one of the few cacti that does not flower.

Mammillaria elongata
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4) Mammoth teeth

If you didn’t know what mammoth teeth looked like here is a plant preview. Haworthia truncata is found in the deserts of South Africa. In pots, the mammoth tooth-shaped leaves grow outdoors, but in its natural environment the leaves live underground.

Haworthia truncata
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5) The fishbone

Rhipsalis is a cactus found not in deserts, but in South American forests. The astonishing shape of its stems is reminiscent of downward-drooping fish bones.

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6) Green coral

It is not an aquatic plant and yet the euphorbia echinus cristata is a cactus that strongly resembles a coral. Many cacti and succulents adopt this form. These are called cristae mutated plants . They need a lot of sun.

Euphorbia echinus crestata
Credits: wikipedia
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