Carnivorous Plants

Pesticides control normal insect populations, helping farmers and gardeners balance their plots and increase their yields. Concerns linger, however, about the effects these chemicals have when used on magical plants. Abominations are immensely enjoyable, but should be crafted on purpose, not by lack of foresight!

Botanists across the Netherworld are working on substitutes — ones that not only solve the original pest problems, but also improve the soil, air, and magical fields as well. Mix in at least one of the following plants and you will never have to worry about pests (or invaders!):

Pixie Pots: Plants that develop shallow but wide root networks, pixie pots lure their prey with small, flashing lights. When an insect or arachnid gets too close, it unleashes a spore cloud, hexing everything they touch. Some prey is eaten immediately, others are left alive — doomed to wander, die, and create new plots of pixie pots.

Skull Skulkers: Beautiful and known for their pearly white flowers, skull skulkers grow naturally in desolate graveyards untouched by civilization for at least a century. They help break down corpses into skeletons that arise and eliminate any adventurers that creep too close.

Zom-Blooms: Among the most versatile of magical carnivorous plants, zom-blooms are the undead version of nearly any normal plant. Their curse is placed on a patch of ground by a necromancer and, until the it is broken, any living plant that dies in the affected area will rise as a zombie version of its former self. Much of their body hides underground, leaving only a few stems or flowers visible. So disguised, zom-blooms are able to feast on any humanoid that comes too close.


Nepenthes jamban 

Native to the montane forests of Northen Sumatra, (typically 1800 - 2100 metres above sea level) N. jamban  is distinct among Nepenthes in its particularly infundibular (funnel shaped) pitchers and its narrow operculum containing 20 - 30 visible glands concentrated at its apex. (glands not visible in these photos.

Top left is a terrestrial pitcher while top right and bottom are upper pitchers. (a particular Nepenthes species’ pitchers size and shape is usually affected by whether or not a pitcher is close to or on the ground or attatched to the climbing vine and therefore elevated. Lower pitchers tend to be larger, wider and more colourful while upper pitchers are more slender and less colourful, FYI. :))

Source: Wikipedia

Photo Credit:  Alfindra Primaldhi


This is a piece of homework I’ve been working on for the last two weeks. I’m taking it to the printers in the next few days, and i was keen for some feedback if anyone has some? Get as harsh and constructive as you like (as dont just say it’s shit, tell me how to make it not shit)

On this note, if anyone is a botanist or knows a botanist who knows carnivorous plants in depth, I’d love to have them proof the facts I’ve tried to include in this. I am not a botanist, this is all a mish mash of google search info, so I’ll happily collaborate with someone who may want to. I’ll be taking it to the printers in a few days regardless cos it’s due at uni in two weeks, but i do want to get this done correctly for my own personal accomplishment and possible future publication.

So the idea is a stylised but accurate illustration of carnivorous plants, the purpose of which is to impart information that is kinda odd (i didnt know about bladderworts at all and i love them now) and also push home how odd convergent evolution is.

If you think there’s info I’m missing or something i should add, or a design element I’ve fucked up or literally anything, please let me know!