A Barbaric Balsawood.


This tree is one of the hardest to recognize as flesh-eating. They are normally about 20-50 feet high and are found only in tropical rainforests. Wrapped around the tree is a type of vine that looks identical to the normal strangler fig (a plant that wraps itself around a tree until it dies). The vines around the carnivorous Barbaric Balsawood, however, have the reverse function. They keep the tree inside alive and kill passing by wildlife.

So how does it kill you?

The leaves waver, seemingly in the breeze, but really off their own accord. They are picking up tiny vibrations in the air. From these tiny vibrations, the tree can form an image of the surrounding environment, When the environment changes, it knows prey is approaching. From the vibrations alone they can determine the size of the prey, its distance, and its weight. As soon as the prey is within range, the vines shoot out at lightning speed and wrap themselves around the victim. The buttress roots at the base of the tree (special roots specifically adapted to rainforest life) then open up and the victim is pulled in. The tree then closes up again. This is where the jaws of the tree are located. There are thousands of razor sharp teeth in here and the average prey will be devoured in a matter of seconds.
The only way to protect yourself is to make sure you don't make it into the tree's jaws. Once this happens you are - quite literally - dead meat.
To make the vines drop you, you can cut them (diffindo), slow them down (impedimenta) or stun them (stupefy).
If at all possible, you can block them from getting a hold of you in the first place with a simple (protego). However, this is very difficult, as they move so quickly. It is best simply to never get close to a Barbaric Balsawood

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