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The tiny, smooth seeds of the barute plant are most often dispersed by passing animals, when the burred husks catch in feather or fur and are carried along and dropped. They are also distributed in the droppings of meat-eating birds, which tend to treat barute leaves as a delicacy; the birds' digestive tract passes the seeds too quickly for the husks to rot.

The husk rots away in a moist environment, hopefully leaving the seed in the wet and dark that barute plant needs to thrive. Wet earth is ideal for the plants, and is the most commonly used option when they are cultivated. Flesh is also fertile ground for the seeds, and they'll grow amazingly rapidly if deposited there. Heat and moisture--whether from a corpse's decomposition, from the weather, or from some other factor of the environment--only increases this speed, and under ideal conditions the spiky shoots and tiny barbs can unfurl nearly as quickly as a watch-hand crawls.

Poisoners husk the seeds, naturally.

([livejournal.com profile] harald387 informed me that ground glass really isn't a practical poison. I found made a substitute.)
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Sidenote: jackalopes have libraries. Everyone knows they can't read. Nobody knows they get something out of it anyway.

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Meme. Yes, I *am* killing time. )
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As far as I can tell, C.S. Lewis is the only one who appears to have noticed unicorn horns are indigo. Any other references?

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Apparently you can burn fingernails quite easily, and the end result looks (and smells) much like burnt hair. Did not know that until today.

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Wish it would rain. This dry cold is strictly uninspiring.

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Slowly working way through 18-inch stack of "really must read" books, and evicting the ones that don't hold my interest with utter ruthlessness. I can't remember how long it's been since I set aside a book rather than finishing it.

On a related note, am craving more Bujold. Have discovered I've actually read more Miles Vorkosigan books than I thought, have missed more than I thought, and can't find my damn copy of Borders of Infinity, except the dratted thing turned up as I was writing this.

(Sadly, the same technique does not appear to be working for The Warrior's Apprentice.)

There is a lot of good to say about Bujold, but the fact that she can turn a sex-starved teenage werewolf into a sympathetic character who isn't a joke probably sums up a lot of it.

Wheee.

Oct. 4th, 2005 10:27 am
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Plus side: Toby is probably going to be okay, and it looks like it'll only require medication, not surgery.

Minus side: I can look forward to a merry fortnight of administering antibiotics in liquid form twice a day, resulting in the "ohgod ohshit ohgod the humans are trying to drown me" and panicked struggling that results.

Plus side: Angel is purring on my lap.

Further plus side: I have nearly nailed down the taxonomy of dragons. Not sure about subfamily, genus, or species yet. Have the rest.
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