fehncheus tree

Known for its distinctive weblike roots, the fehncheus1[FENN·chee·us] tree is a slow-moving carnivorous plant. During the first bloom of spring, a tree will grow fanlike leaves over its root structure, creating an environment ideal for nesting spritefinches. As the season progresses and the eggs of the nesting spritefinch hatch, the roots will slowly fold into a cage too tight for the adult spritefinches to leave. The adolescent young, however, are still small enough to fit through the lattice.

It is speculated that, since the roots become impassable for the adults at the same time the adolescent spritefinches become self-sufficient, there is some element of a symbiotic relationship at play. This is reinforced by the fact that most spritefinch chicks nesting in other tree species are quickly found by predators, due to their soft glow.

Fehncheus trees are also a tourist attraction during summer storms in the northeast of Eluthisura, as the strong winds create a fiddle-like noise whistling through their latticed roots. The most well-known example of the fehncheus melody occurs around Fiddler’s Lake during the month of June.

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