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1. Dracocephalum

The beast rises

Up from the foliage dense
Reptilian flora
As if to fire spew

Amidst the serrated limbs of green
Bracts purple striate
Adaxially glabrous
Smooth plantae scales
Rules its kingdom verdurous

2. Invoke The Throne Of Veltheimia

By dark botanical magic summon
A seat of winter cold
Hibernal incantation
Invoke Veltheimia’s throne

Undulating leaves below majestic umbel
Amass in frigid months
Under eternal snowfall
And icy blasts of wind
There shall I reign

Organic cathedra mighty
Formed by tubular raceme dense
Converge in chaos tangles

Seated there in solitary, sylvan authority
The world from afar I watch
From my post of entropy
Thronged by floral alliance
I await the fall of time
And the Armageddon of mankind

3. Helleborus Niger

From ancient Antikyra
Risen from maiden tears
Upon highest icycled peaks it grows

Flowered five-pointed star
Dark pedated leather
Wintery frost it weathers
Helleborus Niger

Upon wooden slats
In times immemorial
Hellebore strewn
Evil, begone

Adepts of darkness
Its black powder
In the air they cast
Through the world of men they moved

Poisonous, burning wrath
Hematemesis, vomiting blood
As the world spins uncontrollable
Helleborus Niger

4. Whorl

Spinning verdant maelstrom
Spiraling centerfuge
Of sepal, leaf, and branch
Organic helix
Circling eternally

5. Forgotten In Nepenthes

Nepenthes pharmakon
Peristome portal
Gate to the abyss
Down, down to oblivion
To surfeit on nectar effacing
Nor grief, nor sorrow
Nor memory retained
Dissolution in the void ambrosia
Eternal death

6. Aldrovanda Ascendant

Waterwheeled whorl axes
A peduncle blizzard shielding
Cryptocotylar cotyledons

Lightning trigger the maw of death
Invertebrate yearning
Twisted outward flourished petioles
Inexorable growth

Amid the permafrost
Legion turions the fall of winter withstand
The legacy of Droseraceaea lives on

7. Chaining The Catechin

From camellia sinensis
Forthwith it flows
Polyphenolic antioxidant
Juventas immortal

Harnessing tannin
Tied in glass chains
Chaining the catechin
Theobroma dominate
Deific sustenance

8. Dionaea Muscipula

Rosette of seven
Petiole blade lethal
Strangled in cilia
Anthocyanin death

Arachnid quarry upon fibers walk
Redundant triggering flash of demise
Trichomes close upon hapless prey
Napthoquinone plumbagin
Enzymatic end catalyzed
Proteolytic doom

In fire it laughs
As the world around it burns
Through cold strength it gathers
To rise again supreme

9. Clematopsis

Villous striation
Sessile petiolate
Lobes in obscurity lie
Irregular dentate

Sepals open wide
Calyx almighty
Whorls converge in perianth
Crowned by corolla

10. Rhododendoom

Vast lepidote
Tree of myriad rose
And the demon Azalea
To gaze upon its lovely face
Crimson prize beckoning
Hiding death, belying doom

Labyrinthine indumentum
Deciduous limbo
Trapped within its maze of torment
Hallucinogen grave
Mirage ensnaring

Conqueror plant
Pernicious invasion
Unsated hunger
Devouring all beyond its needs

11. Gorechid

Orchidaceae swamped in gore
Bloodstained Asparagales
Dripping crimson nectar
From the mutilated corpses of the dead
Pooling amongst the mycorrhiza
Revelling in flesh
Carnal epiphyte
Aclorophyllous holoparasitical bloodlust
In slaughter triumph

12. Cerbera Odollam

Three-headed guardian flora
Of actinomorphic corolla
In swampy marsh it grows
Foreboding harbinger of death

From its nectar, suicide
Lit aflame, its evil spreads
As it burns, murder
Poisonous smoke fills the air
Beating heart stopped dead

Those whose fruits consume
Shall cross the marshy banks
Of the river Styx
Return passage denied
By floral guardian of heads three

13. Bromeliad

Seeded in air
Vertiginous foothold
Benevolent symbiosis
Of verdant alliance

Myriad iriflorence
Rosette foliage
Amidst spiked fortress
It grows

Epiphytic bromeliaceae
Tendrils of iron
Amongst ancient stone
And the moss of old
Lie in wait

14. Lepidoptera

Winged scourge of the botanist
Swarming eyes and scaled appendages
Descend like plague on the Verdant Realm

Ravaging denizens with vicious holes
Leaving branches barren
Petals in tatters
But pollen spread
Necessary evil
Strange ally

15. Euonymous In Darkness

In darkness, Euonymous burns
Deciduous prince
Of Celastrales lineage proud

Above, ravenous
Frugivorous raptors circle
Royal servants of propagation
Instruments of princely immortality
Their prize, valved pods of red
Beckoning amidst serrated thrones

To he who should venture within these realms, woe
Misanthrope, within princely flesh wrath
Contempt for all mankind
Sickness and plague upon those who would consume him
As winged beasts leer above

16. Dactylorhiza Elata

Tuberous geophyte
Lanceolate speckled leaves
Compact raceme
Great plantae club of war
Rising out of the waste of humanity
A sign of vengeance to come

17. Glycyrrhiza

Along streaming water winding
Rooted in earthy sand
Within meadowed plains
And forgotten battlefields
Perennial stems reign

Teutonic lineage
Petiolate leaflets
Bluntly alternate
Cylindrical calyx
Herbaceous branches
Crowned in violet hue regal
Astride peduncle axillary spikes

Beneath, fusiform rhizomes spread
From which black blood flows eternal
Glycyrrhizin acid, treacle demulcent balm
To quell fever, soothe wounds
Lost on the battlefields of old

18. Convolvulus Althaeoides

The glory of the dawn
Photosynthesis miracle
Solitary bloom on peduncle long
Mallow weed bound

Convolvulus Althaeoides
Trailing stems twining
Rhizomes underground propagate

19. Dioscoria

Suborbicular dioecious leaves reniform
Perennial liana tuberous
Saponin phytochemical soul

Bulbils twining stem leaf axil borne
Spawning bonds in turn
Rapidly twisting stranglehold
Tenacious shadow falls
Umbrage of suffocation

20. Megaskepasma

In mystery cloaked red
Semi-shrouded perennial shrub
Acanthus bracts crimson conspicuous

Justice served
At terminal flower spikes’ end

21. In The Hall Of Chamaerops

Hallowed halls of Arecaceae
Adorned in fanned petioles
Spiny needles sharp
Jut menacing

In the hall of Chamaerops
Dioecious megametophytic spores
Scent the air
Released by flowers obscure
Borne in clusters dense

Amongst these corridors I wander
In misanthropic mirth
Brooding deep
Flanked by verdant brethren

22. Quercus Lamellosa

Ament cluster
Blown to winds four

Within cupule armor thick
Calybium held safe
Sacred seed to sow the Verdant Realm

Leaves in spiral
Serrated margin
Oak almighty

23. Echinocereus

Candle laced
Cylindrical spikes
Weathering an age of madness
Until the coming of the verdant messiah

24. Sparaxis Of Perdition

Eyes of black
About which crimson swirls

Wheel of fire
Sinister gaze
At the wandflower’s wave

Limestone denizen
Of tepals six
Stemmed cormels and
Coiled anthers
Dormant corms
Soon will awake

Sword-shaped leaves
Bladed star
Signals your demise

25. Feast Of Saussurea

Lotus of snow
Feasting on arctic cold
In frigid fields unknown

Basal rosette dense
Spiral phyllotaxis
Adorning pedicels
In glory rise

26. Wings Of Antichrys

Unholy to the falsely blessed
Inverted chrysanth
Fist to the ersatz god
Hail, Antichrys, hail

27. Monstera's Lair

Tropical oppressive realm
Abnormal confines vast
Monstrous denizens abounding
Titan epiphytic brethren

Mammoth floral towers
Fenestrated leaves
Oxalic blood coursing
Through spadix borne flowers

In Monstera’s lair
Tentacle hordes creep upward
Coiled vines evergreen

28. Chiranthodendron

Five-fingered hand of doom
Curling upwards
A burning devil’s wrath

29. Koeleria

Graminoid true

30. Sanguinaria

Single multi-lobed leaf basal
Beneath rhizome skin sap amasses orange
As colonies thrive within desiccated woods

On flood plain vast
Elaisome grows fruitful
Myrmecochory-dispersed seed
Morphine spawn
Soothing mankind to death
On opiate wings

31. Dodecatheon

Swarming darts nest
Frenzied flown daggers
About which apoideal hordes buzz
Sepals bent back
Oblanceolate blades
Herbaceous primrose
Shooting star stingers
Death points at you

Basalt realm cold
Icy waters flanking
Rocky inhospitable terrain
Guarded by legion Meganomiidae

32. Summon Xanthostemon

Myrtaceae, I summon thee
Sit by my Veltheim throne
Come, wrap thine tendrils around me

Deucalyptoid embrace
Beatific entropy
Entropic tangles
From hypanthium burst
Floral bondage rapture
Blessed filaments

Rheophytic invocation
Chaos god
Golden Penda thy name

From the depths I call
Rise before me

33. Asclepias Curassavica

Blood cyme silk
Lepidopteral ally
Poison to the filth called man

Pale grey stems
Oblong, lanceolate leaves
Ending acuminate
Corona lobes of orange

Fusiform follicles yielding seed
Floating on air, floral propagation
Rise anew afar
To further poison the filth called man

34. Strelitzia Reginae

Fortifying the riverbanks
Kaleidoscope color cranes
Floriferous denizens mighty
Strelitzia Reginae

Spathes raised in defiance
Hail of nectary arrows
Bird of prey
Rapturous flora at the water’s edge

35. Trillium Recurvatum

Bloody butcher
Mesic deciduous forest dwelling
Ovate sylvan lord
Brooding in shadows damp

Within deepest chasms amassing
Falcate anthers purple dark
Glabrous filaments maroon
Trilocular ovary superior

Petals three upon stamens adnate
Pistil convergence
Placentation axile
Elliptic ovate blades

Singular sessile terminal flowers
Brooding in shadows damp
Bloody butcher
Sylvan sanguine lord

36. Cypripedium

Across frozen tundra
Amidst blizzards’ rage
Dreaming beneath ice and snow

Sheltered by frost
Silently growing in might

Hoar shield thrown off
Flora arise
Lanceolate leaves
Crowned by sepals three

Perennial rhizome
Lacemose inflorescence

37. Nephrolepsis

Sword fern
Thriving in humid oppression

Alternate pinnae leaflets
Deltoid fronds serrated edge
Damocles sword of green
Above your head doomlike dangles

38. Abrus Precatorius

Abrin miasma
Protein synthesis halted
Ribosome impedance
Humanity withers and dies

Tiny red bead
Black eye staring
Upon the doom
Of human life

39. A Rose From The Dead

War-torn land
Floral slaughter
Ruin as far as the eye can see

From the deathfield
Solitary entity blooms
Up from the wasteplains
A rose from the dead

Spreading its roots farther
Strengthening hold
Biding its time
Till flora reigns supreme

One day, the turn will be theirs
Downfall of the human filth
Careless suicide, murder malign
Their end shall mark a new era
The age of the Verdant Realm

Upon the grave of mankind my flowers will grow
Tear shed only for the loss of the verdurous
Monolith marking the passing
Of an age of waste
And the arrival of a budding dawn

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