Predatory Flora:

Almost all of Draelyk is covered in forest, either temperate or rainforest, though near the center of the continent the two biomes tend to bleed together.  The largest of trees require the most nutrients and their canopies blot out the sun from the vegetation that might live on the forests floor.  Because of this, a great many of the flora have adapted into carnivorous plants, taking the nutrients they need from the beasts that roam the forests and jungles of Draelyk, as well as the unfortunate intelligent beings that are unfamiliar with Draelyk and it’s apex predators.

 

Hooklin Bushes:

Hooklin Bushes can range from three to five feet in height and about three feet in diameter, with broad, lime-green leaves that look similar to that of an elephant ear plant and bright crimson berries that are found in clusters of four to seven.  The broad leaves on a healthy subject overlap in a fashion that their center is covered completely, hiding the mechanism that the bushes use to capture and kill their prey; four to six calcite hooks (from which the bush’s name is derived) and the edible, sugary sweet berries are used as bait.  The triggering mechanism for the calcite hooks is a network of fine, white roots that extend outwards from where the trunk first breeches the earth.  Enough pressure and the hooks lash out in the direction of the prey, with a proper kill exsanguinating the prey rapidly and producing more than enough raw materials to enable its growth.  Hooklin bushes are usually found by themselves, rarely in groups of two to three and almost never grouped up in excess of three.

 

Mantraps:

There are many predatory flora that are subtle, passive hunters, waiting for their prey to blunder into them and then there are Mantraps.  The smallest of these flora have heads roughly the size of a cannon ball, filled with calcite teeth and a jaw-strength that can break bones and tear off smaller extremities such as a hand or foot with relative ease.  What makes these so dangerous is that they have a proclivity towards uprooting their meager root system and moving, although they can’t move very fast.  What they are lacking in speed when it comes to mobility, they make up for when it comes to attacking prey.  Around the ‘lips’ of the Mantraps mouth are tiny sensors that pick up body heat, when there’s enough body heat, the mantrap springs into action and lashes out in the direction of the largest source of body heat.  There’s a subtle science to these plants, as they won’t lash out at fire because of extreme heat, nor will they attack undead due to an absence of body heat.  Because of this, the intelligent undead that live within Draelyk’s forests prefer these carnivorous plants over the others when it comes to the defense of their havens.

 

Blood Thistles:

Blood Thistles are generally found growing alongside the great Zhurin briars that are usually found around the base of the mountains and cliffs that infrequently dot Draelyk.  A symbiotic plant, they draw most of their nutrients from the briars themselves with half of their root system anchored to the briar and the other half interred in the earth.  What makes them so deadly is the fact that they evolved with their hosts in mind and near the base of the thistle, on close inspection, one can find that the thistle itself seems to be disjointed from the stem of the root cluster. With the proper motivation, the thistles fire, through hydraulic pressure, the bright red, barbed shoots towards their intended target.  It’s unknown how they sense their prey, but what is known is that areas inhabited by Blood Thistle are avoided at all costs by all feore save for those that are specially trained to deal with the environment and the thistles.

 

Non-Predatory Flora:

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