north american plants

The Vampire Vine is an alleged plant that has the ability “to drain the blood of any living thing which comes within its death-dealing touch”. It is said to be found in Nicaragua and is called the Devil’s Snare by the locals. 

The story goes that a naturalist by the name of Mr Dunstan was studying the plant-life nearby Nicaraguan lakes when he suddenly heard his dog cry out, as if in pain. He quickly ran to aid his beloved pet, only to find it tangled in a mess of very fine vines and roots. The natives that were with Mr Dunstan cried out in horror at the plant and urged him not to go near it. They told stories of the deadly plant and that if touched, the only way to be free of it meant the loss of flesh. Upon a closer look, he could see there were small suction cups on the plant. Mr Dunstan was able to learn very little about the plant. But what he now knew was that if the victim is animal, the plant sucked out all the blood and let the body fall to the ground. 

Golden Currant (Ribes aureum) Seedlings

Two seedlings for $8.00

I planted seeds of this North American native last Autumn, and I’m happy to say I had an almost 100% germination rate. The plants themselves grew over 30 cm in a single season, and should begin to bear fruit next year.

The yellow flowers of this species are purported to smell like vanilla and cloves, and the amber berries are often used in preserves.

This is an exceptionally drought-tolerant species of currant, especially when compared to common moisture- and shade-loving black- and redcurrants.

Two (2) seedlings are shipped bare-root. The plants are hermaphroditic, but will benefit from pollinating each other. They propagate easily from cuttings, so with a little skill, two plants can easily turn in to six.

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Fatal Beauty

Inkberries (Phytolacca americana), also known as Pokeweed.  Pretty but toxic, and potentially deadly to humans and livestockBirds are not affected by the toxin.  NEVER EAT, and best not to touch or handle without gloves.

New Jersey, October 14, 2016

Photos by @mellowcat-artist

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The Great Golden Flower Conspiracy:

A.K.A. “the result of all the golden flower discourse that has been going on for the past month or so”

Okay so….a lot of people have been pitching their ideas about what kind of flower is the “Golden Flower” of Undertale. And if it wasn’t for all of this discussion I don’t think I’d be able to make this post so, thank you for all the research you all have been doing. Especially @coolxatu who I think got the closest to what an actual Golden Flower could be and without whom I probably would not have gotten to what I think to be what could be the exact species that is closest to what we’re looking for. (their post)

So let’s get theorizing at what is a Golden Flower under the cut:

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Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who led the April, 1942 air raid on Tokyo, addresses a throng of aircraft workers at the North American Aviation plant on June 1, 1942. He said that “Shangri La,” the mythical land identified by President Roosevelt as the place where the bombers came from, “is right here in this North American plant.”

Solidago canadensis and a Junonia coenia butterfly, Children’s North American Native Species Plant Taxonomy Illustration Series by Gretchen Stuhldreier, 2016

Scientific name: Toxicodendron radicans

The poison ivy is a North American poisonous plant that is notoriously known for giving the unlucky passerby minor and mild skin irritations or rashes, and it may seem at first that this is the plant’s defense mechanism, but this oily substance aids in keeping the moisture in as well. Urushiol forms a lacquer on the surface of the plant, giving it an almost subtle waxy look. Some people who are highly sensitive to poison ivy may also be allergic to mangoes as well, because the mango skin carries the same organic allergen. 

Garden of doom

9 of 17: The North American Pitcher Plant uses a combination of color, scent, and nectar to lure unsuspecting insects into its funnel whereupon the insect is narcotized and trapped through other physical means such as gravity and sticky waxes. This carnivorous plant then slowly digests its prey. Photographed it the plant’s natural coastal habitat in Wilmington, N.C.

Camera: Nikon D810; 200 mm Micro; f/8; 1/200s; ISO 160.