Established in 2008, the Texas Triffid Ranch is a nursery dedicated to the propagation and sale of carnivorous, prehistoric, and other unique plants of all sorts. Besides this main focus, the Triffid Ranch is also dedicated to expanding knowledge of rare and unique plants among the general community, and as such conducts shows, lectures, and other events to expand public knowledge.
What is a triffid, anyway?
For those unfamiliar with the term, the word "triffid" first appeared in John Wyndham's 1953 novel The Day of the Triffids, involving a genetically engineered carnivorous plant with the ability to kill prey by striking with a venomous sting. Triffids also had the ability to pull up their roots and walk, and with a basic intelligence and capability to communicate with each other, they were already a threat before a mysterious meteor shower left almost every human on Earth permanently blind.
Besides being extremely popular as one of the great post-apocalyptic novels in the English language, The Day of the Triffids has been adapted twice, once for film and once for video. The 1963 film was so bad that Wyndham disavowed it (fans of the book laugh at the film's conceit that triffids could be killed with salt water), but the 1981 BBC miniseries was very nearly a line-for-line adaptation of the novel. This miniseries recently became available on DVD both in the UK and in North America, and while it's a bit dated compared to current developments in special effects, it's still highly recommended by the Triffid Ranch if the novel is unavailable.
A thumbnail guide to the family behind the Triffid Ranch, both people and animals. The plants may be found in the Plants and Other Oddities section.
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