A frost flower is created when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates patterns which curl and fold into frozen petioles giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.
FiddleFlix: Chinese Lantern* This photo was taken at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, North Carolina. The wind was blowing and I was hand-holding the camera, so I tried to get a shot between breezes. I darkened the background in Photoshop.
This strange-looking plant is not a colorful toilet bowl. It is scientifically called Nepenthes peltata, a tropical pitcher plant that can be found only from the upper slopes of Mount Hamiguitan, Mindanao in southern Philippines.