Chinese Farmer Discovers a Knotty Vegetable Man

Posted on November 11, 2009

Zheng Dexun, a Chinese farmer from Langzhong, had the shock of his life recently when he pulled out a man-shaped knotweed plant from amongst his crops. Stretching out to 62 centimeters, this particular plant consisted of a knobby head joined to a slender body that tapered down.


The head itself had protruding bits for the eyes and nose area. As for the body, there were distinguishable arms and legs as well as a bumpy little package.

The bemused farmer is not sure if he should count his blessings or be wary of impending bad luck.

Zheng said: “I don’t know whether it is good or bad to dig out a Chinese knotweed that looks like a human. I’d better put it back in the earth!”

This is not the first time someone has dug out a strangely shaped fleeceflower variety in their garden.

fleeceflower root

In December 2008, a browsing customer stumbled upon a knotweed ‘couple’ in China’s Shandong.

This root consisted of two human-shaped bits where one resembled a female with its defined upper torso and the other looked masculine with its dangling member.

This particular specimen was nabbed by an enterprising customer for 600 yuan whereby he has set up a viewing spot in his home for eager visitors.

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Shinigami (A. K. Goemans) is a Netherlands-based writer who is into horror movies, computer games and manga. She lived in different parts of Asia and Africa before settling down in the Netherlands.
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15 thoughts on “Chinese Farmer Discovers a Knotty Vegetable Man

  1. Sus

    They look awesome but I have a hard time believing that its natural… although – can't say I know much about the chinese knotweed…

  2. zenboy

    man, could fake could this be!! If a fool falls for this, he/she got to be the most gullible person in the world. Nature could not have possibly done this, only trickster and scams do. Where are all the common sense nowaday?

  3. Anon

    I'd say it was probably made in some type of cast. The shapes are too exact and too symmetrical.
    Had things been a little more off scale and the feet not so feet like, I could believe it, but it's just too good to be true. — Or we're looking at something super natural.

  4. Pamela

    Maybe they should be fined unethical advertising. I could believe it if they didn't have the feet or the eyes were not quite riht.This looks like someone made mud babbies and put rope hair on them.


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