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Danger Level: Low
Likes: Allergic People, Light, Water
Attack Method: Restrain people with tangling vines and feed them fruit until they die
The space peanut bush (often abbreviated to SPB) as normal for any space fauna is characterized by an ability to survive in a vacuum and, occasionally re-entry into an atmosphere. This fauna is phrased as looking like a standard nutty bush, but walking on a mass of root based legs and having two or more membranous wings folded out from it’s shrubbery.
The space peanut bush walks on the aforementioned legs often in what appears to be a bumbling fashion although this is an evolutionary advantage that allows them to adapt to the chaotic nature of asteroid belts, and also throw off predators by appearing as an unassuming or weak creature to prey upon. These roots are very strong and allow them to instantly root into place should an impending collision be sensed, or to constrict around a would-be predator and subsequently place it’s embryonic fruit into the carcass.
These fruiting bodies are primarily known to manifest as peanuts or other nut-based fruits, but are also known to manifest as any food allergy based product. So long as the person eating them is living the fruits of the space peanut bush are fully edible. The fruit in a carcass will draw in nutrients and eventually turn into a sapling and drain the body of all possible nutrients before emerging as either an adolescent or a fully mature adult. The former is more common in the case of a multiple implantation, or ‘birth’.
The wings of a space peanut bush may be considered to be a misnomer. While they are fully capable of gliding and short-term flight and even look like insectile wings, however said wings are important for spaceborne photo and chemo-synthesis as they fan out to collect any available ambient light and dust particulates. In low-gravity environs the space peanut bush is capable of long term gliding, or full flight in the style of an eagle.
As stated in the physical description section of this fauna’s article the space peanut bush is able to be summarized as unassuming despite their nature of being an ambush predator and ambulatory plant. Colloquially it’s docile behavior is phrased as “shaky bush likes dancing” and to the casual observer there is nothing worth mentioning outside of this statement.
Those who look closer into this plant are more likely to find it worth fearing due to their especially predatory nature, as the plant has the uncanny ability to sense who is allergic to it’s fruit and single them out for reproductive parasitism. The only thing that will stop a wild space peanut bush from this is death.
Due to it’s nature of being an ambush predator if one calmly approaches a space peanut bush it is possible to scoop them up into one’s arms as casually as most pets.
Domestic: The domestic cultivar of the space peanut bush is known for having mostly ornamental and unpalatable fruits and singing. Most owners report them to be an absolutely passive and docile variety that would avoid people it could easily kill. With enough time a pet peanut bush can be taught showtunes. In rare cases this variety has been more successful in plant tissue grafts both as a donor source and a recipient.
Weaponized: The weaponized cultivars of the space peanut bush are seldom seen and are only known for growing explosives. This is a result of genetic engineering experiments to capitalize on the peanut growing variety, as peanuts are a potential ingredient for primitive explosives. A trained explosive peanut bush is often capable of launching it’s fruit with an equivalent range of a standard issue grenade launcher. The explosive fruit tend to explode on impact.
• The space peanut bush is highly efficient at producing it’s fruit so that it is always ready to implant a host. As a result semi-tame varieties (agricultural) have been used as livestock.
• A number of space peanut bush varieties are known to grow thorns, eyes, or pine-like needles as part of their foliage, but this is considered an anecdotal fact as it’s rare that these traits are anything more than vestigial. Some claim that if one possesses eyes it uses them to stare into the soul of those nearby, and that it never likes what it sees.
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