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,@,,,,,,@@              %%           %%             @@@@,,,,@,
,,,@@@@,,@            \   BLUE FIRE   \             ,@@,,@@,,,
@@,,@@,,,,             %%           %%              ,,,,,,,,@@
@,,,,,,@@,                ===========               ,@@@@@@,,@
,,@@@@,,,,                                          ,,@@@@,,,,
@,,@@,,@@@  THE ,BLUE FIRE, IS A CARNIVOROUS PLANT  ,,,@@,,@@@
,,,,,,,,@@ LIVING MOSTLY AT THE WESTERN ALVAR (BUT  @@,,,,,,@@
,@@@@@@,,@   IT HAS SPREAD TO A FEW OTHER PLACES,   ,,,@@@@,,,
,,@@@@,,,,          MOSTLY ROCKY COASTS).           @@,,@@,,@@
,,,@@,,@@@                                          @,,,,,,,,,
@@,,,,,,@@     THE PLANT IS A DENSE NETWORK OF      ,,@@@@@@@@
@,,@@@@,,,  GREEN-BROWN TENTACLE-LIKE ROOTS, WHICH  @,,@@@@@@@
,,,,@@,,@@    IS OFTEN CALLED "RAT'S TAIL" BEFORE   ,,,,@@@@@@
,@@,,,,,,@    BLOOMING. IN LATE JUNE, IT QUICKLY    ,@@,,@@@@,
,,,,@@@@,,      SPROUTS FEELERS, TEN TO THIRTY      ,,,,,,@@,,
@@@,,@@,,,   CENTIMETERS HIGH, FILLED WITH PURPLE   @@@@@,,,,@
@@,,,,,,@@   HAIRS - THIS IS THE BLUE FIRE. THIS    @@@@,,@@,,
,,,@@@@,,,     STAGE LASTS FOR ONE OR TWO WEEKS,    @@@,,,,,,,
@@,,@@,,@@     DEPENDING ON FOOD ACCESS, WATER,     @@,,@@@@@@
@,,,,,,,,,                 CLIMATE.                 @,,,,@@@@@
,,@@@@@@@@                                          ,,@@,,@@@@
,,,@@@@@@,  OFTEN IT'S NOT CLEAR HOW FAR THE PLANT  ,,,,,,,@@,
@@,,@@@@,,    HAS SPREAD UNLESS ITS IN THE FIRE     @@@@@@,,,,
,,,,,@@,,, STAGE. SUDDENLY, AS IF OVERNIGHT, WHOLE  ,@@@@,,@@,
@@@@,,,,@@   FIELDS CAN BE TURNED ABLAZE (WITH THE  ,,@@,,,,,,
,@@,,@@,,,  SAME INDIVIDUAL PLANT, AS WELL)! IN THE ,,,,,@@@@,
,,,,,,,,@@ BLOOMING PEAK, IT'S NOT UNUSUAL FOR THE  @@@@,,@@,,
@@@@@@@,,@ WHOLE ALVAR TO BE CONNECTED NORTH-SOUTH. ,@@,,,,,,@
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,@@@@,,@@@               \%%=====%%\                @@@,,@@,,,
,,@@,,,,@@                                          @@,,,,,,@@
,,,,,@@,,,   FIFTY WEEKS OF THE YEAR, WHILE IN RAT  ,,,@@@@,,,
@@@@,,,,@@  STAGE, THE BLUE FIRE FEEDS ON THE STONE @@,,@@,,@@
@@@,,@@,,@  ITSELF VIA A SLOW CHEMICAL ATTRITION.   @,,,,,,,,@
@@,,,,,,,,  THIS IS ENOUGH TO KEEP THE ROOTS ALIVE, ,,@@@@@@,,
,,,@@@@@@,   BUT ALL GROWTH AND PROCREATION MUST    @,,@@@@,,,
@@,,@@@@,,   HAPPEN DURING THE TWO WEEKS IN JUNE.   ,,,,@@,,@@
@,,,,@@,,@                                          ,@@,,,,,,@
,,@@,,,,,,    NOW THE PLANT FEEDS ON BIRDS; THE     ,,,,@@@@,,
@,,,,@@@@, SEMISTIFF UPRIGHT FEELERS LOOKS LIKE AN  @@@,,@@,,@
,,@@,,@@,,    EXTENSION OF THE SEA, AND BIRDS ARE   @@,,,,,,,,
@,,,,,,,,@  TRICKED INTO LANDING OR DIVING INTO IT. ,,,@@@@@@@
,,@@@@@@,,    THEY ARE QUICKLY PARALYZED BY THE     @@,,@@@@@@
,,,@@@@,,,      POISON ON THE PURPLE HAIRS, AND     @,,,,@@@@,
@@,,@@,,@@     DEVOURED OVER A PERIOD OF HOURS.     ,,@@,,@@,,
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@@@@@@@@@@    PROCREATION CAN HAPPEN SEXUALLY VIA   @@@@@@@@@@
@@@@@@@@@@  SPORES (CRYPTOGAMIA) OR ASEXUALLY WHEN  @@@@@@@@@@
@@@@@@@@@@      THE ROOTS ARE CUT, DIVIDING AN      @@@@@@@@@@
@@@@@@@@@@           INDIVIDUAL INTO TWO.           @@@@@@@@@@
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