A peculiar vascular plant that, when fully mature, takes on the haunting appearance of a regal crown. Its life cycle unfolds in a macabre dance along commonly used animal trails. The plant's bulbs dangle from vines overhead, poised to descend upon any unsuspecting creature or unlucky wanderer who emits a sufficient heat source below.

Initially, the Crown Lush appears innocuous, resembling a small circular bulb with a mesmerizing spiral at its center. However, upon detecting a host, the bulb takes a sinister turn. Detaching from the vine base, it plummets onto the victim's head, and thorns abruptly burst from the bulb's bottom, latching onto the host like insidious ticks. The thorns release a specialized toxin, acting as a cunning anesthetic to ensure the victim remains blissfully unaware of the invasion.

Over time, the Crown Lush undergoes a haunting transformation. Vascular fern-like leaves sprout from the bulb atop the victim's head, their size reflecting the extent of the roots burrowing towards the brain. The roots gradually reach the host's nervous system, establishing control and reducing the unfortunate victim to an unwilling slave, subjected to the plant's sinister desires.

Those ensnared in the Crown Lush's thrall display eerie behaviors, seeking harsh sunlight and standing immobile in downpours—acts that nourish the plant while the host languishes away. As the plant senses the impending demise of its host, it commands the victim to ascend to a high vantage point buffeted by strong winds. There, it releases spores into the air, sowing the seeds of the next generation of this devious parasitic plant.

This plant is called a Crown Lush and lives mostly within the Jungle.

Made by: baran_the_rain
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