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Once the woe of overly eager dogs and children, Needlebush is now capable of stopping almost any trespassers. Found across the Wastes, this pest in a common sight for those who go off the beaten path.


Biology

Needlebush evolved from Curduus C. Acanthoius due to the heavy amount of radiation entering the soil. In the generations after the Great War the first Needlebush would bloom, their limbs heavy with thistles. As time went on, they would grow taller and their thistles would angle slightly more inwards to protect against birds and smaller rodents. Tribals would begin to use them as clubs starting around 2100, when the Boomshine tribe found a patch of Needlebush in Ohio. They would develop a mixed reaction in the wastes since, with farmers, homesteaders, and explorers trying to exterminate the weed, and tribals, raiders, and hermits trying to spread it.

Properties

Needlebush are known primarily for their thorns, and their appearance, a mix between a flower and a pine tree. When they first bloom, they release sap that some groups collect as cooking oil, despite it's bitter taste. It is easiest to spot in Spring, as it's flowers are a deep burgundy color.

Habitat

Needlebush are found primarily in the less targeted wastelands. They draw heavy amounts of nutrients and water from the soil, leaving areas barren after decades of habitation. Areas of prolonged infestation are marked by a concentric ring of desertification the closer one gets to the cluster.

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