In the Middle Ages, travelers brought home tales from all over the globe of wondrous plants and beasts that the rest of the world had never seen. Many of these travelers were relaying stories they’d heard instead of things they’d actually seen. They were written about by educated men who’d never traveled. And they were illustrated by artists who only had hearsay to go by. It’s no wonder they were completely misunderstood. Read about four of the strangest plants ever reported, in an article I wrote for mental_floss.