werewolf plant needs full moon to survive!

There is one plant out there that is waiting patiently, day after day, night after night, for one moment in the month – the night of the full moon!  The plant is a new species that was recently discovered – the werewolf plant – and it relies on the full moon for survival!

The plant is officially called “Ephedra foeminea”, and is a relative of conifers. It is however unlike any conifer anyone has ever known, and was quickly dubbed the “werewolf plant” thanks to its unique method of survival – one which relies solely upon the full moon!

The process is simple – and strange: during the full moon, the shrubby plant secretes a sugary liquid intended to attract nighttime insect pollinators which fertilize its seed!  It is believed that the plant needs the full moon, as the moonlight from the full moon reflects in the liquid creating a stunning effect which attracts the insect pollinators. The effect is so compelling, that if you were looking onto a field of werewolf plants, to the human eye it would appear as though you were looking onto a field of glittering diamonds.

This unusual action is especially interesting as there are no other known plants that use the full moon in this way! If you’re wondering how the plant knows when it’s a full moon…well, you’re not the only one pondering this oddity – scientists and researchers are asking the exact same question, and have reached no clear answer.  For now therefore, like werewolves, the secrets of the werewolf plant remain elusive, mysterious, and difficult to comprehend for many. 😉



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