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In the Greenhouse, No One Can Hear You Scream

This looks like a close-up of the xenomorph from Alien. But it's green! This is the South African succulent Faucaria tigrina or the Tiger’s Jaw. Photographed from different angles, you'll see that the Tiger's Jaw shares another xenomorph feature: the jaws-within-jaws. No, it's not a meat-eating plant. According to Plant Africa, the toothy shape of the leaves is optimal for collecting moisture from water vapor in the air. See lots of pictures of Faucaria tigrina at Kuriositas

(Image credit: Flickr user Mike Keeling)


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