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Crossroads Plants: Spiral Snare Vine

  Safety Rating: Extremely dangerous. Environment: Druid cultivated regions of tropical forest. Details: Bred from a carnivorous plant, many druids living in tropical forests use Spiral Snare Vine for defense. This tough, ropey vine drapes itself over and around paths in loops big enough to catch large people and animals. While Spiral Snare Vine is […]

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Crossroads Plants: Octopus Root

  Safety Rating: Beneficial. Environment: Wetlands. Details: This prized wetland vegetable is eaten by both people and animals. Octopus Root is a highly edible plant, but it protects itself by camouflaging its grass-like leaves to look like nearby inedible plants. Octopus Root has another defense as well. If there is too much disturbance in its […]

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Crossroads Plants: Jumping Monkey Orchid

  Safety Rating: Dangerous. Environment: Tropical forests. Details: This magical orchid has dispensed with pollinators and instead pollinates itself. Half of its bright pink, monkey-shaped flowers leap off the plant and jump and climb their way to other Jumping Monkey Orchids in order to pollinate them. How these flowers locate other Jumping Monkey Orchids isn’t […]

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Crossroads Plants: Weeping Corpse Flower

  Safety Rating: Harmless. Environment: Tropical forests. Details: This parasitic plant produces a large flower with thick fleshy petals that are mottled red and pink. The center of the Weeping Corpse Flower slowly oozes droplets of a dark red liquid. The flower looks and smells like rotting flesh. In this red liquid is a powerful […]

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  Safety Rating: Situationally dangerous and beneficial. Environment: Deserts. Details: Sometimes called the Desert Coral or Glittering Palace, this cactus community grows in hot, rocky deserts. Above ground, each plant encases itself in a shell of razor-sharp, glittering crystal. Much like coral, each new plant builds on top of the previous one. Over time this […]

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Crossroads Plants: Bat Seed Bush

  Safety Rating: Dangerous. Environment: Tropical forests. Details: Bat Seed Bush is a shade-loving bush with broad, pointed leaves. It has dramatic purple seed pods that open to release seeds with gray-purple bat wings. These seeds fly off in flocks that gather together in the treetops for mutual protection. Anytime that the flock spots someone […]

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Crossroads Plants: The Blustering Tree

  Safety Rating: Harmless. Environment: Deserts. Details: This harmless tree protects itself by imitating the Swarm Tree. Like the Swarm Tree, it has a distinctive hollow trunk that has a lot of little holes going through it. This gives its trunk a basket-like appearance. There is a constant buzzing sound coming from the tree, as […]

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Crossroads Plants: Stone Root

  Safety Rating: Harmless Environment: Deserts. Details: This small succulent bush with heart shaped leaves stores water in large bulbs within its roots. It protects these bulbs by encasing them in armor-like bark made of stone plates. Over many years of growth, these stone roots build up into mounds that collect wind-born debris, building up […]

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Crossroads Plants: Eyestalk Bush

  Safety Rating: Mildly Dangerous. Environment: Temperate forests. Details: Eyestalk Bush has white berries growing on red stalks. These berries have black dots that make them look like little eyeballs. When a person or animal approaches the bush, the eyes rotate toward them as if the bush is staring at them and they experience its […]

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Crossroads Plants: Night Light Fungus

  Safety Rating: Beneficial. Environment: This fungus is most common in tropical forests, but can also be found in temperate forests. Details: The mushrooms of this bioluminescent fungus shed a bright light that makes them convenient to use for nighttime illumination in those regions where they grow well. Night Light Fungus grows on decaying wood, […]

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