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Has ‘The Day Of The Triffids’ Dawned?

23 June 2013 @ 01:33

Has fiction become fact?

From UPI, Kristen Butler reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Paco]:

The “sheep-eating” plant Puya chilensis has bloomed for the first  time at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Wisley in the U.K.

In its native Chile, Puya chiensis uses its enormous neon spikes to  trap sheep in the Andes mountains. After razor-sharp spines on the tips of its  leaves ensnare the animal, it starves to death and decomposes at the base of the  plant, becoming its favored fertilizer.

From the novel’s plot summary at Wikipedia [emphasis mine]:

The protagonist is Bill Masen, who has made his living working with “triffids” – tall plants capable of aggressive and seemingly intelligent behaviour. They are able to move about by “walking” on their roots, appear to communicate with each other, and possess a deadly whip-like poisonous sting that enables them to kill their victims and feed on their rotting carcasses.

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More from the UPI’s chilling report:

This Puya chilensis has been growing at the RHS garden for 15 years,  and has reached nearly ten feet tall. Each individual blossom measures about two  inches across and contains enough nectar for a person to drink….

From the Wikipedia entry on Triffids [emphasis mine]:

…adult triffids are described as measuring on average seven feet in height. European triffids never exceed eight feet, while those living in tropical areas can reach 10 feet.

If it turns out they can use that nectar as a substitute for oil, I’m outta here.

7 Comments
  1. 23 June 2013 @ 01:42 01:42

    In Soviet America, Salad eats you!

  2. 23 June 2013 @ 03:01 03:01

    One would think the Royal Horticultural Society could spring for a photo…

    Here’s one, but it kind of casts doubt on the plant’s ability to ensnare an animal. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Puya_chilensis_3.jpg

    Maybe Chilean sheep are particularly stupid?

    • M. Thompson permalink
      23 June 2013 @ 10:22 10:22

      Sheep are not very bright creatures in any case.

    • 23 June 2013 @ 18:53 18:53

      But what about humans, eh, Steven???? Especially, low-information voters, hmmm???

  3. M. Thompson permalink
    23 June 2013 @ 09:44 09:44

    This could be baaaad

  4. 23 June 2013 @ 10:32 10:32

    Some of my commenters suggested massive, er, “ornamental” plantings in Washington, D.C.

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