Tangle Vine

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Tangle Vine - Sebastian Romu © 2018

About

Common Names
Tangle Vine
Classification
Herbaceous, Vine, Flower
Description
A predacious plant most known for its violent strangling and rapid trapping actions. The vine will rapidly grow when brushed, or touched with sufficient force. The resulting explosion of growth tends to leave an unwary prey trapped within constricting coils of the plant. The vines are covered in coarse hairs which irritate the skin and scratch, causing the prey to squirm, and in turn ensures further tangling. Besides its fearsome reputation the plant does have some medicinal use. The small purple flowers contain a useful diaphoretic, and pectoral agent.

Ecology

Rarity
rare
Distribution
Patches of this plant are found on the Waejiran Jungle floor, and along The Wall where it has been propagated intentionally. Some varieties can be found in tropical freshwater wetlands.
Life Cycle
These vines produce small purple flowers near the terminus of the leading vines. the seeds are dispersed by wind, or animal action. The predacious action allows the plant to fertilize and enrich the soil promoting growth over a greater area.

Uses

Cultivation
wild
Culinary
none
Medicinal
diaphoretic (flowers), pectoral (flowers)
Other

Culture

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