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The Vampire Vine
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Artist's rendering of a Vampire Vine entangling a victim.
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Artist's rendering of a Vampire Vine
Type Carnivorous Tree
First Sighting 1886
Last Sighting 1912 (the year William Thomas Stead died)
Country Nicaragua
Habitat Nicaragua
Possible Population Unknown

Rifts thorn vine illustration by Chuckwalton

William Thomas Stead, editor of Review of Reviews, published a brief article that discussed a story found in Lucifer magazine, describing a plant in Nicaragua called by the natives The Devil's Snare. This plant had the capability "to drain the blood of any living thing which comes within its death-dealing touch." According to the article:

Mr. Dunstan, naturalist, who has recently returned from Central America, where he spent nearly two years in the study of the flora and the fauna of the country, relates the finding of a singular growth in one of the swamps which surround the great lakes of Nicaragua. He was engaged in hunting for botanical and entomological specimens, when he heard his dog cry out, as if in agony, from a distance, Running to the spot whence the animal's cries came. Mr. Dunstan found him enveloped in a perfect network of what seemed to be a fine rope-like tissue of roots and fibres... The native servants who accompanied Mr. Dunstan manifested the greatest horror of the vine, which they call "the devil's snare," and were full of stories of its death-dealing powers. He was able to discover very little about the nature of the plant, owing to the difficulty of handling it, for its grasp can only be torn away with the loss of skin and even of flesh; but, as near as Mr. Dunstan could ascertain, its power cf suction is contained in a number of infinitesimal mouths or little suckers, which, ordinarily closed, open for the reception of food. If the substance is animal, the blood is drawn off and the carcass or refuse then dropped.