Plants have proven, much like humans, they can defy the laws of science. The Strangler Fig plant grows both up and down. It leeches off of other plants and in order to reach sunlight they grow upward but also grow down to rob the roots of nutrients!
And, though plants may drive you up the wall, they can also grow on them! Vertical gardens, where plants grow out of walls, are becoming ever-popular to maximise space.
But it’s not just gravity that’s being manipulated for a plant’s own use. Some plants, like the hammer orchid, have adapted to manipulate reproductive habits for their own benefit.
Pollinated by wasps, this orchid flower cleverly resembles an insect and releases the sex pheromone so that male wasps try to mate with it. The male’s momentum triggers a hinged mechanism in the flower to swing him upside down and onto the reproductive systems, which means success for the flower!