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1. 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

2. 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

3. Megaskepasma

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

Erythroclamys
Justice served
At terminal flower spikes’ end

4. 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

5. Quercus Lamellosa

Ament cluster
Anemophilous
Blown to winds four

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

Quercus
Leaves in spiral
Lamellosa
Serrated margin
Oak almighty

6. Echinocereus

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

7. Sparaxis of Perdition

Iridaceae
Eyes of black
About which crimson swirls

Wheel of fire
Sinister gaze
Perdition
At the wandflower’s wave
Demise

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

Ixieae
Sword-shaped leaves
Bladed star
Signals your demise
Sparaxis
Perdition

8. Feast of Saussurea

Asteraceae
Lotus of snow
Feasting on arctic cold
In frigid fields unknown

Basal rosette dense
Spiral phyllotaxis
Adorning pedicels
In glory rise

9. Wings of Antichrys

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

10. 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
Strangling
Woe
Beware
Coiled vines evergreen

11. Chiranthodendron

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

12. Koeleria

Graminoid true

13. Sanguinaria

Bloodroot
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

14. Dodecatheon

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

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

15. Summon Xanthostemon

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

Deucalyptoid embrace
Beatific entropy
Myrtaceae
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
Xanthostemon

16. Asclepias Curassavica

Blood cyme silk
Asclepiadasceae
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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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
Arise

20. Nephrolepsis

Nephrolepsis
Sword fern
Thriving in humid oppression
Lomariopsidaceae

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

21. 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

22. A Rose From the Dead

War-torn land
Desolation
Floral slaughter
Desecration
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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